13 BIGGEST Treasures Ever Discovered

From gold coins to sunken treasure to ancient tombs, these are the 13 biggest treasures ever discovered.

Back in 2014, a middle aged couple in Northern California accidentally stumbled across 1400 gold coins while walking their dog. The old coins were likely stolen from a coin minting factory back in the Gold Rush era of California and hidden underground for a couple hundred years. The individual coins were auctioned off and ended up raising 11 million dollars. The couple has chosen to stay anonymous and refused to disclose where they found the gold to prevent a false gold rush in their area. Most of their 11 million dollar profit was donated to charity.

The British are constantly sweeping their own land with metal detectors, in hopes of finding ancient treasures and trinkets lost to history. In 2001 one such hobby treasure hunter, a retired electrician, was sweeping a grassy field with his metal detector, hoping to find something valuable in the dirt. He unwittingly uncovered a bona fide treasure – a 3.5 oz cup carved from 20 karat gold. The 3500 year old cup was made around the same time Stonehenge was built and was valued at £270,00 british pounds or roughly $390,000 USD.

The Silverdale Hoard is the name given to one of the largest caches of Viking Silver ever found. This massive find was uncovered in North Yorkshire a few years ago in 2011 and is comprised of 1000 year old silver heirlooms, including 90 silver viking coins with the name of an unknown Viking king minted onto it. This mysterious hoard is still being analyzed to this day with hopes of uncovering more details of Viking history and culture. The continued study of the treasure makes the monetary value unclear, but the Silverdale Hoard is estimated to be worth at least 100,00 British pounds or about 145,000 US dollars.

A sunken ship full of nearly 600,000 gold and silver coins was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by a private treasure hunting company called Odyssey Marine. A priceless hoard of gold coins and hand crafted gold chains were found inside of the ship, which was called the Frigate Mercedes, and became the center of a controversy when Spain claimed ownership over the gold. A legal battle between Spain and Odyssey Marine ensued and lasted half a decade before the Spanish government prevailed. In 2015, Spain finally flew their 17 tons of priceless coins across the Atlantic.

This massive load of treasure was found in 2009 when a farmer in Central England lost a tool in his field and called a friend with a metal detector to scan for it. In search of a farm tool, Terry accidentally uncovered the largest single hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. As excavators dug up the field they found a total of 3500 pieces of gold, silver, and garnet that would total to 3.285 million british pounds or 4.75 million US dollars, split in half by the man who owned the land and the man who found it.

Amateur divers were exploring an old sunken dock off of the coast of Israel when they discovered 2,000 gold coins hidden in the sea bed. The centuries old currency was miraculously unmarred by age or water damage at the bottom of the ocean. There is no current estimated monetary value of the 20 pounds worth of coins, but they are considered extremely rare and valuable to historians. Even at the time of their minting in 900 AD they were considered a royal sum of cash.

One of the most exciting and largest treasures on this list has come close to being discovered but hasn’t actually been found yet. In 2010 the successful art dealer, hobby treasure hunter, and eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn had the idea of hiding a huge fortune in a treasure chest and burying it somewhere for someone else to find. Fenn hopes to share the fun and thrill of treasure hunting which he has enjoyed throughout his life with others. If you were to discover Fenn’s Treasure with the set of 9 clues he has put out, you would be looking at a sweet 1 to 3 million US dollar cash out of gold nuggets and precious stones.

32 Comments on “13 BIGGEST Treasures Ever Discovered”

  1. We get some nice finds here in AUStralia too, gold ones, even somtime return them. Great video BTW subbed and liked

  2. I’m half Spanish and think not cool Spain seized treasure. Should have at least split with finder, they did the work! Or paid them generously! Plus finder could have said nothing, which is obviously lesson learned here! IF the find were of historical, archaeological significance to Spain, then should be preserved for all to appreciate, museum displayed.

  3. Actually the three doors of four is open and estimated a treasure of 22 billion.the a other door is more valuable and the treasure value may become double

  4. The India was the richest country in the past. I heard tellings that say that the children of india played with Diamonds at a time.. It was known as the “GOLDEN SPARROW” in the Past…Many People Tried To come to India because of This
    It was famous for it’s land and crops,Its karnatic/Hindustani music,Ayurveda, Maths and much more…
    Almost all countries traded with India and India was very popular, that even a ocean is named for it’s name.
    In 1700, 25%of the world GDP was contributed by India alone..
    we were peace loving and compassionate people..

    In 1729 Nadir Shah The Persian Ruler Took 10 Billion Dolor Worth Possesions from Delhi.The Britishers arrived,the biggest issue.

    We didn’t had brutal weapons like the Britishers though, that’s why we couldn’t counter them in war much.

    we didn’t realize their hidden plans and cunningness and allowed them to trade in our country and allowed East Indian company in our country..

    Slowly britishers conquered us and took all our wealth.The Kohinoor diamond in the crown of Queen Victoria is Looted from India.

    The people of our country then became poor..And even now many sectors are in pitiful condition.

    It was brilliant of the Kerala Kings to hide the treasure, or that would have been taken also..
    And still it is a miracle that such a large treasure was present in the possesion of Kerala Kings.

    What about the other states and kings..
    Most of them could have taken away,but still there is a chance that it was tried to kept hidden somewhere..
    If We search, we may get…

  5. So what I learned from this video is to do exactly what the first couple did. If you find treasure… Stay anonymous and keep a low profile.

  6. the Silverdale hoard was found in Silverdale Lancashire,not in North Yorkshire as stated,i live just a few miles away.

  7. Whats crazy is that there is far more gold above ground than silver. Gold is collected and held, where Silver is mostly used for industry at at some point the price will skyrocket…and silver is dirt cheap right now at $15 per ounce…thats why I buy silver!

  8. Not even discussing Mel Fisher’s discovery of the Atocha in ’85 gives no credibility to your claim this list is accurate!!!

  9. Before they pop the corks over a gold statue…. someone thought that had a huge amount of gold from the Egyptian bust , alas the person got a quick education about the Egyptians know how to use Gold-Leaf with a hot iron to coat the carved item that looked like solid gold.
    Recently there was a scam over gold that was said to be almost $500 million. Bars of tungsten had a thick veneer of gold and would weigh exactly what real gold would for a solid bar. Even when it was drilled into , it fooled the buyers that only wanted to see if it was a thin layer coating .

  10. The American goldrush era started in 1849. So, the gold coins absolutely couldn’t have been “hidden underground for a couple of hundred years,” as the narrator stated (0:15).

  11. Kerala…….. is a Treasure world………. ❤️❤️❤️❤️💪from india kerala…. tvm

  12. Finns treasure was found in a undisclosed place by a undisclosed person, Finn did authenticate it as the original treasure in full

  13. To all who watch in the future, this is my fathers voice and he passed in March of 2017. Thank you for the support of him and the channel. Live Strong Dad.

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