List of missing treasures
This is an incomplete list of notable treasures that are currently lost or missing.
|Heirloom Seal of the Realm||Confirmed||Circa 960||
||Imperial Seal of China created by Emperor Qin Shi Huang, lost after the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.|
||A sword and one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan that legitimize the rule of the Emperor. Lost at sea in the Battle of Dan-no-ura in the Genpei War. Current government claims possession, but has not permitted outside verification.|
|Crown Jewels of England||Legend||1216||
||Baggage train of King John ("John Lackland"), lost in the The Wash during the First Barons' War.|
||The coronet of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last king of Wales, it was seized along with other holy artefacts at the end of the Conquest of Wales by Edward I, in 1284, was taken to London, and kept with the crown jewels in Westminster Abbey until they were stolen in 1303. It was not present in the inventory taken during the destruction of the crown jewels by Oliver Cromwell in 1649, and remains unaccounted for.|
|La Noche Triste treasure||Legend||1520||
||Massive amount of gold and silver bullion looted from the Treasure House of Moctezuma II. Occurred during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.|
|Oak Island money pit||Legend||1795||A possible treasure trove located in a large hole on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.|
|Treasure of Lima||Legend||1820||
||Gold, silver and jewellery stolen from the Spanish in 1820. The treasure is thought to be buried on Cocos Island in Costa Rica and it is estimated to be worth £160 million.|
|Confederate gold||Legend||circa 1865||
||Gold. Lost after the American Civil War.|
|Tokugawa's buried treasure||Legend||circa 1868||
||A legendary treasure allegedly buried in Mt. Akagi by Tokugawa shogunate (disputed).|
||Millions of gold pounds presumed to have been produced by the Boer forces in the South African veld under order of President Paul Kruger. The money was believed to fund the purchase of weapons for the Boer Commandos. The funds went missing. Believed to have been buried or hidden somewhere in South Africa or taken by Kruger to Switzerland.|
|Crown Jewels of Ireland||Confirmed||1907||
||Heavily jewelled insignia of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick. Stolen from Dublin Castle.|
|The Tsar's Treasure||Legend - Partially Confirmed||1909||
||$3 million in newly minted American double eagle coins destined to the Russian Baltic Fleet, an $800,000 US Government shipment in mixed coin to the American Atlantic Fleet, and the confirmed loss of $500,000 in passenger effects (all 1909 values) were lost when the RMS Republic foundered off the coast of New England as a result of a collision.|
||Lost yellow diamond with Indian origin.|
|Lost Imperial Fabergé eggs||Confirmed||1922 or later||
|The Just Judges||Confirmed||1934||
||Lower left panel of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which was displayed at the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, was stolen during the night of 10 April 1934.|
||Memorial containing 73 precious relics that had once belonged to Polish royalty. Looted during World War II.|
||Fossil remains of Homo erectus pekinensis; dated ~500,000 years old. Lost during World War II: in China in 1941 or may have been on the Awa Maru when it sank in 1945.|
|Amber Room||Confirmed||circa 1945||
||Removed from Catherine Palace, Saint Petersburg, by Germans during World War II and transported to Germany. Estimated (adjusted) value: $142 million.|
|Yamashita's gold||Legend||circa 1945||
||War loot stolen by Japanese and hidden in the Philippines. Alleged. Named for General Tomoyuki Yamashita.|
|Awa Maru treasure||Legend||1945||
||Gold, platinum, and diamonds worth more than $5 billion. Alleged. It was lost when the Japanese ship Awa Maru was hit by a torpedo and sank in April 1945.|
|Nazi gold train||Legend||1945||
||A train laden with gold and other treasures hidden by the Nazi Germans in a tunnel near Wałbrzych, Poland.|
||The Honjo Masamune, a legendary samurai sword, created by the master swordmaker Gorō Masamune between 1288–1328 AD. The sword was passed down over the centuries from Shogun to Shogun, and is considered a priceless Japanese cultural artefact.|
|Patiala Necklace||Confirmed||circa 1948||
||A necklace containing 2,930 diamonds including the world's seventh largest diamond, the 428 carat "De Beers". Some diamonds later recovered. Made by the House of Cartier in 1928 for Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, then ruling Maharaja of Patiala.|
||Emerald-studded gold cross, discovered in a shipwreck in 1955 and stolen from a museum in Bermuda in 1959.|
||Cash and jewels from a robbery at Lufthansa's cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in December 1978. With a value of about $5 million, it was the largest cash robbery in the United States at the time.|
||Gold bullion, diamonds, and cash valued at £26 million (worth approximately £79 million in 2015)|
|Antwerp Diamond heist||Confirmed||2003||
||Diamonds, gold and other jewels worth $189 million. Dubbed the "heist of the century".|
|Graff Diamonds robbery||Confirmed||2009||
||43 items of jewellery, stolen in London on 6 August 2009. Valued at nearly £40 million.|
|Ivory Coast Crown Jewels||Confirmed||2011||
||Gold pendants, necklaces and bracelets worth $6 million.|
|Brussels Airport diamond heist||Confirmed||2013||
||Diamonds stolen from airplane at Brussels Airport valued at $50 million.|
|Hatton Garden Jewellery Heist||Confirmed||2015||
||Safe deposit facility burgled in London, total stolen could have been up to £200M|
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