Nothing has not been really exciting when compared to the stories of those lost riches and the hidden treasures of the world which are on the limits of legendaries. The sunken galleons, thrilling museum and plundered gold, heists had long been the matter of fascination for the many people, usually giving rise to the popular urban legends.
However, we are all aware that there is abundance of truth hiding at the back of these urban myths – nut, the moment we dig deeper; numerous questions start to come up.
Now, we are bringing out the 10 thrilling tales of the greatest treasures the world – that had never been found.
1. Yamashita’s Gold – the store from the conquering war
Plunder and war go together. There had always been two sides in a coin. And (WWII) World War II has not been an exception to this rule. The most influential of the Asian aggressive at the Pacific front, the territory of Japan – conducted some top secret and organized plunder of their conquered opponents.
From the total Asian countries that they have occupied, and these were more than ten of them, the administration under the order from Emperor Hirohito together with his Prince, brother Prince Chichibu, plundered huge total of gold bullion, gems, treasures, and some other riches. This has been efforts to protect financing for either the enduring war or the yet to come after it.
Most of this gold managed to go back to Japan, while lots of it went as distant as the Philippines – because of the USA blockades during the WWII. And so it has been that during the final stages of WWII, some of the princes’ of Japan and their great general, Tomoyuki Yamashita, direct the frantic attempt in hiding the treasures in the underground tunnels and hills of the Philippines islands, with the claims that there had been about 175 hidden vaults made.
It has been said that those engineers who head the building committed suicide inside – the alleged seppuku – to conserve secrecy. While the treasures are considered as lost, many resources claimed that they were actually partially claimed by the USA forces during the end of war, and that this huge amount of money has been used in funding numerous of the secrets American operations in the Cold War. However, either way nobody probably knew what sort of gems or treasures rested beneath the mount or the hills of the far away Philippines.
2. Mussolini’s Sword – Blade of Islam
The popular Benito Mussolini, II Duce, this is one of the most interesting stories being connected to the famous stuffs from the offers of the WWII. It was increasingly moving his gaze to Libya and North Africa. This was the strategic location in the Mediterranean theater for many key causes. In order to victoriously gain the acceptance and love from the local populace, after the making of the Italian Libya during the year 1934, Mussolini chose the slightly controversial method – he ingratiated himself to the Muslim populace. He restored mosques, religious schools, encouraged Islam, and had eventually cleared himself as the Islam Protector or (Protettore dell’Islam) during the year 1937. His ‘campaign’ to totally ingratiate himself to Libya has been crowned with the elaborate ceremony while in the desert.
3. Oak Island Mystery and the lost riches of Captain Kidd
The Oak Island is one privately owned, the tiny island that the rest of the shore in Canada in Nova Scotia. It could seemingly be unremarkable, if it were not for the innumerable urban legends connected to it. The tales of Oak Island have been all concentrated on, the buried treasure, with its primary stories of the possible findings way back in 1799.
During that year, one farmer claimed that he discovered the place in the ground that he linked to the tales of the popular ‘pirate’ Capt. William Kidd. It has been said that Kidd covered some two million pounds on the Oak Island. This farmer together with his associates did discover curious relics as they dug – with every 3 meters or 10 feet they could stumble upon the oak platforms.
4. The Maltese Falcon in Chinese style: Peking Men
The peculiar mystery, still ragged to this day, related to the relics of the named Homo erectus pekinensis, the 500,000 year old group of fossil cranial relics of the early men. The revolutionary discovery in that time, the relics offered the fresh insight into the record of archaic man. However, the mystery starts with the inception of WWII, while during 1941 the fossils were seized by the U.S. forces, having the intentions to ship them in the Museum of the Natural History in New York. But, from that, all traces of the fossils had been gone.
5. The Vanishing Chamber: Amber Room
It appears that it is a war that makes mysteries. And the World War II surely did create many. In war, even the whole rooms will vanish without any traces.
Apparently, the lost treasure is a room. It is created by the skilled German artisans during the early eighteenth century Prussia, this Amber Room was the royal chamber, created from amber panels while as been thoroughly decorated with the gold leaf. This chamber has been then made a gift during 1716, from Friedrich Wilhelm, King of Prussia – to the Great partner, Tsar Peter.
Under expert management, the Germans dismantled this chamber in only 36 hours and had transported it to Kaliningrad, before it was Königsberg. It remained there till 1945, but, right after that date, the chamber vanished. It has never been found. Either the Allies that firebombed Königsberg, and pulverized this piece of art in oblivion, or these National Socialists just hid it somewhere, still remains a mystery.
6. Polish Royal Casket
During that moment that the soldiers are being faced with the great treasure, during their battle in the field, the appeal for looting becomes a lot greater. Such is the tale of Szkatuła Królewska, a Polish Royal Casket. The reliquary has been made during 1800, by the prominent Izabela Czartoryska, the Polish noblewoman, and was made to dwell the 73 priceless remains of this Polish royalty throughout the ages.
After the creation of this casket, it has been housed in the royal museum in the Sybil Temple, and later in Krakow. During the WWII in Poland, this Royal Casket was shifted to the Sieniawa town, to the Czartorsky Family Museum, and there it was hidden. Sad to say, when the German Wehrmach military entered the grounds during the year 1939, the ethnic German employee at the museum informed the place of the stuffs, and they were abruptly looted by the military and shared in between them.
7. The Maharaja’s Indulge – Patiala Necklace
Singh, Maharaja Sir Bhupinder, the leader of the princely nation of Patiala, commissioned the necklace made for him by the famous Cartier from France. The necklace was created in 1928 in Paris and was the mind-numbingly luxurious and rich display of riches for the maharaja. The piece of jewels had the whopping 2,930 diamonds with plentiful of precious Burmese rubies.
The crowning piece was “De Beers” which was the 7th largest diamond at that time on the planet and weighs 234 carats. In 1938, Mr. Bhupinder died and quite unsurprisingly, his luxury necklace disappeared right after in 1948. Nothing has been known about its whereabouts, until one day this “De Beers” diamond appeared in Geneva at the auction of Sotheby. The other parts of this necklace were discovered in 1998 in London in the second hand shop of jewelry. However, the other remaining missing pieces of diamonds, like the rubies, remained as one of those mysterious lost treasures.
8. Jewish Menorah from Second Temple
This is one of those more ancient mysteries way-back up to 2nd century AD. It is centered about the luxury Jewish menorah which has been housed in Second Temple at Jerusalem. Right after the Roman takeover of Jerusalem during 70 AD, the precious item has been carried, as the trophy, going back to Rome, and where it has been displayed at the Forum of Vespasian or Temple of Peace. But after this, the fortune of the menorah is still unknown. Some said that the treasure has been plundered by Vandals right after the Sack of Rome during the 455 AD, and who could have taken it to Carthage.
9. The honorable Judges went missing
The masterpiece of the European art is Jan van Eyck Ghent Altarpiece, situated at St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent. It has been created in 1432. However, one of its original panels has been missing.
The title of its lower left panel, The Righteous Judges, is the part of the painting that has been stolen in 1934 from the cathedral. One of the mysterious thefts remains unresolved. This thief takes out the panel in the evening, leaving the mysterious note in the area: “Taken from Germany through the Treaty of the Versaile”. It refers to the truth that the entire altarpiece has been taken by Germany during the WWI. In the days following this theft, this thief exchanged some letters with a law, but did not reach the agreement.
10. Tucker’s Cross
In the year 1955, the marine explorer and Teddy Tucker, the treasure hunter, staggered upon the gold cross during the searches at Bermuda. Initially clueless, Tucker could later discover that this 22 carat gold cross with the emeralds was the only most valuable object that has ever been recovered from the shipwreck, and that this has been possibly the relics of that Spanish galleon of San Pedro that sunk in 1594. This gold cross has been housed in Bermuda at Aquarium Museum. In 1975, it has been discovered that this cross was stolen. When Tucker entered the museum, he noticed that the cross’s thief carefully changed the item in its display case with a replica that is poorly made of plastic. In the Bond-esque turn of events, the extremely valuable stuff vanished without any trace at all.