Gold, Precious Stones, Antiques, and hunting for treasure

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Bahia Emerald

The story of an 840 lb Emerald

In 2001, a mammoth emerald was unearthed in Brazil. The giant stone weighed in at 840 lbs (not carats!) and was named the Bahia Emerald. It was sold shortly after being revealed to a U.S. jewelry dealer named Tony Thomas for $60,000. Shortly after its sale, before the item was actually shipped, it disappeared and [...]

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Carolina Emerald

The Carolina Emperor

Of all the valuable precious stones on earth, the Emerald certainly takes its place among the most prized. It conjures images from the Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City and that glowing green hue is something Jewelers love. In August of 2009 in North Carolina, W. Renn Adams was digging up some of his farm land [...]

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Kolchak

Admiral Alexander Kolchak’s Gold

One of Russia’s last Czars, White Admiral Alexander Kolchak is rumored to have fled Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. It is rumored that his train plunged into Baikal lake with 1,600 tons of gold bullion on board. Last year, explorers had found fragments of wagons and ammunition boxes that dated to the civil [...]

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TreasureHunting

How to get sunken treasure? Steal it

Two thieves did a smash and grab job at the Mel fisher Maritime Museum in Key West FL. A gold bar which was on display had been set up so that visitors could stick their hand into the glass casing and actually pickup the gold to feel the weight. The 11” gold bar weighed in [...]

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Treasure ship or Military Galleon?

In 2007, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. had discovered what they called the Black Swan in International waters somewhere in the Atlantic. On board this 19th century shipwreck they found more than half a million silver coins. Spain has been disputing this finding, claiming the ship was actually the  Military Galleon Mercedes, which by law grants [...]

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Old man finds Treasure in an old box

Dover, NH – Richard Hiltunen’s son had been clearing out an old home he purchased. It was filled with some great treasures like old shoes, spinning wheels, and farming gear. Underneath it all was an old, sad looking box.  Opening it up, they were delighted to discover the box had been stuffed with old newspapers from Fosters [...]

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Hernando DeSoto’s lost treasure

Did Hernando DeSoto burry treasure under the town of Flornece, GA? An interesting article popped up on the TimeDaily.com today, where a man claims to have invented a new device believes treasure is buried beneath the streets of Florence near McFarland Park. Roger McWhorter asked permission from the City Council to begin excavating what he [...]

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Spend $5 at a Garage Sale – you could get lucky

Greg Estes was at a garage sale in Kentucky when he stumbled across a bike with two flat tires, messed up petals, and just in general odd shape. Mr Estes, thought he could probably make a few bucks on the deal and picked it up for $5 bucks. As it turns out, this was no [...]

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Turkey should hire their Grave Robbers

Turkish police raided a house in Ankara, looking for suspected antiquities thieves. Not only did they find the thieves, but they also discovered two tunnels dug underneith the house, leading into a previously undiscovered tomb. Although it appears many of the artifacts had  already been sold on the illegal antiquties market, an ancient marble coffin, dating [...]

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