Emperor Maximilian executed

The Lost Treasure of Emperor Maximilian

Months before Maximilian’s execution he sent what was left of his personal fortune in Spanish, Austrian and American gold coin, gold and silver plate, and jewelry back to Austria. The fortune never made it out of Texas, or so the story goes…

Pile of gold stolen by general Yamishita

Yamashita’s Gold

It is often said that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. The twisted tale of Yamashita’s gold, allegedly buried in the Philippine islands, is a story of a great fortune and many crimes that became inseparably intertwined.

The fall of tenochtitlan to Tenochtitlan · Montezuma

Montezuma’s Golden Treasure

In February 1519 a fleet of Spanish ships landed on the coast of Mexico. Onboard was a force of nearly six hundred Conquistadors; led by the infamous Hernán Cortés, they had come to Mexico to conquer the land and convert its people to Christianity. And if they all got filthy rich in the process, that was okay too!