Today, to find a treasure, most often you need to be a diver or an experienced archaeologist. Exceptions happen: in Germany, an ordinary cleaner found a collection of coins. Who is looking for-he will always find!
1. "The Naryshkin Treasure" in St. Petersburg, 2012
In March 2012, in St. Petersburg, during the restoration of the old Trubetskoy-Naryshkin mansion at 29 Tchaikovsky Street, workers found a walled-up room filled with dishes. On most of the devices there was a family coat of arms of the Naryshkins. The collection was complemented by French knives with pearl and porcelain painted handles, several Easter pendants in bulk and on a chain, stored in a case with the Faberge stamp, and the Order of the Russian Empire — a total of 2168 items. All the items were carefully packed in a cloth soaked in vinegar, and newspapers from 1917. Apparently, the owners expected to return.
2. Donations in the Indian temple, 2011
This is one of the largest treasures in modern history. The treasures hidden in the lower tiers of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple were estimated at $ 22 billion. This is 6% of the total gold and foreign exchange fund of India. The keepers of the temple began to fill six underground vaults with donations from the XIV century.
3. One and a half hundredweight of Roman coins, 2010, Great Britain
The bronze coins were stored in a clay jug, which was located only under a 30-centimeter layer of earth. The treasure was found by an amateur archaeologist. The total value of the coins was not disclosed.
4. Gold and jewelry in Staffordshire, 2009
The treasure, discovered by Englishman Terry Herbert, consisted of five kilograms of gold, three kilograms of silver and precious stones. A treasure hunter stumbled upon treasures while exploring the territory of his friend's farm with a metal detector.
5. Collection of coins from the German library, 2011
A box filled with unique Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins was found among the books of the state library in one of the towns of Lower Bavaria by an ordinary cleaner. Perhaps the collection was hidden in 1803 from the authorities, who seized coins and books stored in monasteries in favor of the state. The cost of the find is several million euros.
6. 17 tons of silver at a depth of 2.5 km, 2011, Atlantic
About 17 tons of silver were found on board the British steamer Mantola, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was wrecked as a result of an attack by the German submarine U-81. The value of the treasure exceeds $ 19 million. However, no one has been able to lift it from such a depth yet.
7. Half a million gold and silver coins, 2007
In May 2007, Odyssey Marine Exploration announced the discovery of a sunken ship with 500,000 gold and silver coins on board. The treasures were recovered and transported to the United States, but the company did not say who owned the sunken ship and where exactly it was found.
8. 48 tons of English silver, 2012, Atlantic
In February 1941, the Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German submarine. The transport sank 300 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland. There were 85 crew members on board the ship. Only the second mate, Richard Ayers, managed to escape. About 48 tons of silver — 1203 ingots-were lifted from the ship.
9. 700 gold coins, 2011, Caribbean Sea
Near the coast of the Dominican Republic, divers from the American organization Deep Blue Marine lifted 700 coins dated 1535 and gold jewelry from the sunken ship. The cost of the find is several million dollars.
10. 53 tons of platinum on a British ship, 2012, USA
In 2009, the American treasure hunter Greg Brooks announced that he had discovered unthinkable treasures in a British merchant ship lying at the bottom of the American coast, with which the UK paid for equipment supplied from the United States under Lend-Lease. Then Brooks, fearing competitors, called only the approximate cost of the found - $ 3.5 billion, without revealing the location of the find. Three years later, Greg Brooks named the ship - "Port Nicholson" - and clarified that it was sunk by a German submarine. "Our equipment is not enough to cope with the current force of two to five knots, almost zero visibility and difficult conditions of the open ocean," Brooks said and complained that he did not have $ 2.5 million for suitable underwater equipment. No one has managed to raise the treasures from the bottom of the ocean yet.