Episode 38: Beale Treasure

For 200 years, treasure hunters have traveled to a Virginia community hoping to find one of the largest buried treasures in America. Legend says Thomas jefferson Beale found the treasure out West, brought it home to Virginia, buried it and left behind three ciphers that will lead you to the precise location of a treasure that could be worth close to $60 million dollars. But to find it, you have to do what amateur and professional crypt analysts haven’t been able to do…unlock the code.

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Old City Cemetery: Plaque About The Beale Treasure in Lynchburg, Virginia (Photo: Virginia Hill / flickr)

More about the The Mystery of the Beale Ciphers
NSA’s compiled list of declassified documents related to the Beale Ciphers and The Beale Papers
Complete text from reprint of The Beale Papers pamphlet
Watch the Expedition Unknown Beale Treasure episode
Unsolved Mysteries featured the Beale Treasure in Season 1 of the classic show. Watch the episode
Brad Meltzer’s Decoded aired an episode about the Declaration of Independence and included a segment about Beale’s Treasure that you can see below…

Author, Kenneth Andrew Bauman, who was featured in Brad Meltzer’s Decoded segment on the Beale Papers, has offered what he believes to be evidence supporting a case for the mysterious Beale Papers. See Ken’s explanation in the video below…

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Additional Music: “Dude Where’s My Horse?” and “Angeline the Baker” by Nat Keefe and the Bow Ties; “Dreams Become Real”, “Silver Flame”, “Castleshire” and “Dark Fog” by Kevin MacLeod; “Under Suspicion” and “Featherlight” by Lee Rosevere. All music Licensed Under Creative Commons.

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