Treasures that disappeared without a trace

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

Everyone wants to find a treasure and get rich overnight. The basis for this are the numerous stories about lost treasures that have not yet been found.

the Amber Room

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

The Amber Room was created in Prussia by the architect Eozander during the reign of King Frederick I, who did not spare funds for the arrangement of his capital. According to his plan, Berlin was to overtake the French Versailles in luxury and wealth. Therefore, Queen Sophia-Charlotte ordered a royal cabinet, entirely decorated with amber, which in its time was not inferior in value to silver.

But the customers did not see the results: the queen died in 1709, and the king in 1713. Their practical son, Frederick William I, refused to sponsor the expensive project and donated amber panels to the unfinished cabinet to Peter I. The Russian emperor wrote to his wife Catherine: “ The king gave me a fair present for the yacht, which in Potsdam was very clean, and the cabinet Amber, for which they had long wished. ”In 1717, amber panels arrived in St. Petersburg with accurate instructions for their installation. Only Peter’s daughter, Elizaveta Petrovna, was able to use the gift. In 1743 she ordered the installation of amber panels in the Winter Palace. But apparently not destiny was the wealth of Frederick I in one place. Ten years later, the panels were moved to the Bolshoy (Ekaterininsky) Tsarskoye Selo Palace, where, under the guidance of architect Rastrelli, it was supplemented with new details.

During the Second World War, the decoration of the precious room was stolen and housed by the Germans in the Amber Museum in Königsberg Castle. This was the last place where it was shown. During the entry of Soviet troops into the city of Könisberg, the Amber Room disappeared without a trace, and its location today is shrouded in a veil of secrecy. In 1981, it was decided to restore the Amber Room as it was, and now it can be seen in the Grand Palace of Tsarskoye Selo.

Theft at Lufthansa

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

The robbery aboard Lufthansa’s aircraft is considered one of the largest in US history. It happened at Kennedy Airport (New York) on December 11, 1978. It has been stolen about 5 milliondollars and jewelry worth 875,000 dollars. If you translate the value of the stolen, taking into account inflation and rising prices, today, the amount will be 20 million dollars. One of the robbers was called Henry Hill, his image was embodied in the film "Glorious Boys" by actor Ray Liott.

Values ​​and money were never found, which was largely due to the inglorious end of the robbers themselves. Jimmy Brooke, who led the robbery, just in case got rid of other participants in the crime, so that on occasion they would not become witnesses against him. Ultimately, he appropriated all the booty that he had squandered on entertainment. Most of this wealth has never been discovered.

Tsar's gold

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

By the beginning of the First World War, the Russian Empire had the largest gold reserves in the world, estimated at 1 billion 695 million rubles (1311 tons of gold, more than 60 billion dollars at the rate of the 2000s). During World War I, Russia transferred a significant part of it to European banks as a guarantee of payment to the allies of supplies of weapons, gunpowder and food. After October 1917, no one returned the gold to the new authorities.Apparently, it continues to be stored in private banks in the United States, Britain and France.

After the February Revolution of 1917, the Provisional Government, in order to preserve the remainder of the transfer of the gold reserves, evacuated it deep into the country - in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. After the Bolsheviks came to power, the Kazan gold fell into the hands of the White Guards and was forwarded to Omsk at the disposal of Kolchak (650 million rubles or 505 tons). He, in turn, placed part of the national wealth in foreign banks - their further fate remains unclear. In 1919, Ataman Semenov, one of Kolchak's subordinates, seized part of Kolchak's gold in Chita, which was sent to the United States as a guarantee of payment for the supply of arms (33 gold boxes). Semenov ferried it to Japanese banks for the supply of military products.

According to various estimates, the total amount of the value of Russia's gold reserves, which is in foreign banks, is estimated at between 100 and 300 billion dollars.

Leon Trabucco's Gold

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

In the early 1930s, the Mexican millionaire Leon Trabucco made several mysterious expeditions to the New Mexico desert.At the same time, the United States was under the influence of the “Great Depression” that broke out in 1929-1934 - the value of the dollar plummeted, and gold rose incredibly in its price. Therefore, Trabukko and his partners decided to make some money by buying large reserves of gold in Mexico and sending them to the United States in order to sell them profitably.

They hid their own cache in the desert of New Mexico in the southwest states. But in the end, the adventurers miscalculated. According to the Gold Reserve Act (Gold Reserve Act of 1934), private ownership of large gold reserves was declared illegal. At this luck literally turned away from them. Over the next five years, all Trabucco's partners died, and Leon himself unsuccessfully tried to sell the unlucky gold for the rest of his life. After his death, the location of the hidden treasures remained unknown.

Treasure of the Templars

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

The Templar Order (Templar) was founded in the Holy Land after the First Crusade by a small group of knights led by Hugh de Payne. The Order is getting rich right before our eyes, especially at the expense of its financial activities. They were Europe’s largest lenders — many European monarchs approached them for money, which provided them with great political influence.According to the historian Lozinski, the chief treasurer of the order, was the chief treasurer of France.

As a result, their own wealth ruined them - at the beginning of the XIV century, the French king Philip the Handsome, who was eager for someone else's good, took advantage of his influence on the Pope and initiated the process against the order. The Templars were suddenly outlawed. Some of the accumulated treasure saved the Templars transported to the ships in an unknown direction. Subsequently, if you believe the legends, the Templar gold turned out to be in Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia) - the territory of modern Canada. It is believed that part of it was transported to the Canadian Island of Oak (Oak Island), where the descendants of the knights of the temple hid it in a cache with numerous traps. But all this is only speculation. Whether there is still hidden wealth or over the past centuries it has already been managed to divide it many times - no one knows.

Schultz's Treasure

Treasures that disappeared without a trace

Dutchman Schultz was one of the most famous American gangsters. In the era of "dry law" in the United States, he made a huge fortune due to the so-called "wet cases", that is, the sale of prohibited alcohol in various cities of the States. Having come under suspicion of the investigation, Schulz hid his fortune in the Catskill mountains (near New York).

Schultz took all the information about the exact location of his wealth with him to his grave. For decades after the death of Schulz (he died in 1975), this area was flooded more than once, which should have washed the treasure. But so far no information about the profits that have been found by chance during a walk through Catskill has been reported.

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