Hooked on Netflix's Outer Banks? Here Are 6 Real-Life Lost Treasures You Can Search For
Netflix's popular series Outer Banks takes viewers on a $400 million gold treasure hunt with John B and his gang of "Pogues," aka the kids of the working class on the islands. With a charming Southern beach setting, many twists and turns, and that lost treasure, the show is the perfect summer binge. While it left viewers with a wild cliffhanger as John B and Sarah Cameron head to the Bahamas, it's worth noting that the treasure at the heart of season one isn't real. But if you love mysteries, there are plenty of real-life lost treasures in the world that have yet to be found. Whether you just like reading about them or are feeling inspired to try and track one down, keep reading for six real-life lost treasures that are still out there somewhere . . .
Fabergé Easter Eggs
Fabergé Easter Eggs are ornaments covered in gold, silver, diamonds, and jewels. Fifty of these original eggs were made for the Russian royal Romanov family between 1885 and 1917 after Czar Alexander III wanted an extravagant gift for his wife. Today, seven eggs remain missing and could be anywhere in the world. One egg, which was covered in sapphires and diamonds, was sold at a flea market in the United States in 2010 for just over $13,000, even though it's actually worth over $30 million (the dealer valued it incorrectly)!
The Copper Scroll Treasure Map of the Dead Sea
Along with other paper scrolls found in caves near the Dead Sea in 1946 was the Copper Scroll, aka a treasure map. This document has Hebrew and Greek letters chiseled onto its metal sheets and describes 64 underground hiding places around Israel that contain various riches. None of these riches have been recovered (some historians believe it's because the Romans pillaged Judaea during the first century AD), but if they are still out there, they could be worth up to $1.2 billion.
The Sunken San Miguel
If you're planning on vacationing in Cuba in the future, be sure to snorkel, because you might just find some pearls! In 1715, the San Miguel and fleet of five treasure ships sailed from South America to bring the treasure back to Spain. The ships never made it to Spain because they got hit by a hurricane and sunk near Cuba. When the Spanish tried to uncover the shipwrecks, they were attacked by pirates and never saw any of the treasure, which included gold, silver, pearls, and jewels.
Crown Jewels of Ireland
Valued at about $20 million today, the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907. Made from 394 stones taken from Queen Charlotte's jewelry and an Order of the Bath Badge, they also held rupees from a Mughal emperor and possibly precious stones from a Sultan of Turkey. It's been over 100 years, and it remains one of Ireland's greatest mysteries.
Blackbeard's Infamous Treasure
Edward Teach, the British-born pirate known as Blackbeard (named for his facial hair, which he styled in braids), did not leave a treasure map to his fortune as portrayed in the movies. Causing terror in the Caribbean for years before his death in 1718, the whereabouts of his hidden fortune still remain a mystery. Before his death, Blackbeard claimed to have hidden his massive treasure but never revealed to anyone the location. While treasure hunters have not been successful over the years, some have found clues in various locations from Virginia's Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands.
The Amber Room
Referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the Amber Room once symbolized peace through its beauty. Originally installed in the Berlin City Palace in Prussia during the 1700s, the Amber Room, which was built by sculptor Andreas Schlüter and amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram, was covered with amber, gold, and mirror. The one-of-a-kind room was later moved to Russia, where it was expanded and filled with more than 13,000 pounds of amber. The Nazis looted the Amber Room during World War II, and despite a decision to reconstruct it, its elements were never found. A replica room was completed in 2003, but the original contents remain lost.