List of missing treasure

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This is an incomplete list of notable treasures that are currently lost or missing.

NameExistenceYear lostImageDescription
Artist's depiction
A sword and one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan that legitimize the rule of the Emperor. Lost at sea in the Battle of Dan-no-ura in the Genpei War.[1] Current government claims possession, but has not permitted outside verification.
La Noche Triste treasureLegend1520
Gold artwork looted from the palace of Moctezuma II. Occurred during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.[2]
Oak Island money pitLegend1795A possible treasure trove located in a large hole on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.[3][4]
Polish Crown JewelsConfirmed1795Crown jewels Poland 1.JPG
Polish crown regalia consisting of several crowns, sceptres, orbs, swords and jewels. Looted by the Germans after the Third Partition of Poland and destroyed on the order of Frederick William III of Prussia in March 1809.[5]
Treasure of LimaLegend1820
Gold, silver and jewellery stolen from the Spanish in 1820. The treasure is thought to be buried on Cocos Island in Costa Rica and it is estimated to be worth £160 million.[6]
Benito's treasureLegend1821
Pirate loot of Benito Bonito, estimated value US$300 million. Accounts vary: buried in area of present-day Melbourne or Queenscliff, Australia; or on Cocos Island.
Confederate goldLegendcirca 1865
Gold. Lost after the American Civil War.
Tokugawa's buried treasureLegendcirca 1868
A legendary treasure allegedly buried in Mt. Akagi by Tokugawa shogunate (disputed).
Irish Crown JewelsConfirmed1907Irishcrownjewels.jpg
The Crown Jewels
Heavily jewelled insignia of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick. Stolen from Dublin Castle.
Florentine DiamondConfirmed1914Florentine Diamond copy.jpg
Copy of the diamond
Lost yellow diamond with Indian origin.
Eight lost Imperial Fabergé eggsConfirmed1922 or laterAlexander Egg.jpg
The Alexander III Commemorative egg
The Just JudgesConfirmed1934Ghent Altarpiece E - Just Judges by Vanderveken.jpg
Lower left panel of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which was displayed at the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, was stolen during the night of 10 April 1934.
Royal CasketConfirmed1939Royal Casket.JPG
The Royal Casket
Memorial containing 73 precious relics[8] that had once belonged to Polish royalty. Looted during World War II.
Peking ManConfirmed1941–1945Peking Man Skull (replica) presented at Paleozoological Museum of China.jpg
Fossil remains of Homo erectus pekinensis; dated ~500,000 years old. Lost during World War II: in China in 1941 or may have been on the Awa Maru when it sank in 1945.[9]
Amber RoomConfirmedcirca 1945Bernsteinzimmer02.jpg
Removed from Catherine Palace, Saint Petersburg, by Germans during World War II and transported to Germany. Estimated (adjusted) value: $142 million.[10]
Yamashita's goldLegendcirca 1945
War loot stolen by Japanese and hidden in the Philippines. Alleged. Named for General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
Awa Maru treasureLegend1945Awa Maru 11249gt.JPG
Awa Maru
Gold, platinum, and diamonds worth more than $5 billion. Alleged. It was lost when the Japanese ship Awa Maru was hit by a torpedo and sank in April 1945.[11]
Patiala NecklaceConfirmedcirca 1948Bhupendra Singh Patiala.jpg
The Patiala Necklace
A necklace containing 2,930 diamonds including the world's seventh largest diamond, the 428 carat "De Beers". Some diamonds later recovered. Made by the House of Cartier in 1928 for Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, then ruling Maharaja of Patiala.
Tucker's CrossConfirmed1975
Tucker's Cross stolen from museum.[12]
Lufthansa heistConfirmed1978
Cash and jewels from a robbery at Lufthansa's cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in December 1978. With a value of about $5 million, it was the largest cash robbery in the United States at the time.[13][14]
Antwerp Diamond heistConfirmed2003
Diamonds, gold and other jewels worth $189 million. Dubbed the "heist of the century".[15]
Graff Diamonds robberyConfirmed2009
43 items of jewelery, stolen in London on 6 August 2009. Valued at nearly £40 million.[16]
Ivory Coast Crown JewelsConfirmed2011
Gold pendants, necklaces and bracelets worth $6 million.[17]
Brussels Airport diamond heistConfirmed2013
Diamonds stolen from airplane at Brussels Airport valued at $50 million.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McCullough, Helen Craig (1988). The Tale of the Heike. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-1418-5. 
  2. ^ Prescott, William H. History of the Conquest of Mexico. ISBN 0-375-75803-8. 
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  5. ^ "Crown Treasury and Armoury". Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Copping, Jasper (5 August 2012). "British expedition to Pacific 'treasure island' where pirates buried their plunder". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Wartski: The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg by Carl Fabergé
  8. ^ Barbara Kobielska. "Cenne, Bezcenne, Utracone (Valuable, Priceless, Lost)" (in Polish). Pagina. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sinking and salvage of the Awa Maru" (PDF). 
  10. ^ Blumberg, Jess (1 August 2007). "A Brief History of the Amber Room". Smithsonian. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Seagrave, Sterling; Seagrave, Peggy (2003). Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold. Verso. p. 203. ISBN 9781859845424. 
  12. ^ "Bio of Bermuda Teddy Tucker". BerNews. Retrieved 4 November 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ Fox, Margalit (13 June 2012). "Henry Hill, Mobster and Movie Inspiration, Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Gardner, David (13 June 2012). "After years spent dodging bullets and avoiding sleeping with the fishes, Henry Hill - the real-life mafia turncoat immortalized in the film Goodfellas - dies naturally aged 69". Mail Online. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Goldman, Russell (13 August 2009). "Stolen Jewels, Art and Cash: World's Biggest Heists". ABC News. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Richard (11 August 2009). "Graff Diamonds £40 million jewellery robbery is Britain's biggest gem heist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  17. ^ Tovrov, Daniel (13 July 2011). "Thief! Ivory Coast's Crown Jewels Stolen". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (19 February 2013). "Diamond heist at Brussels airport nets gang up to £30m in gems". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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