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this is a bit random. please feel free to move to off topic....or just leave here for amusement. it has ZERO to do with house prices

an American art dealer/collector back in 2010 hid a 11th century bronze chest full of gold eagles/coins/pre columbian/chinese jewellery and gold nuggets totalling 22 troy pounds of pure gold.

He hid it in the Rocky Mountains

trove estimated to be worth between $800k and $3million.

he left a poem & interviews saying that whoever finds it can keep it.

millions have tried, thousands have claimed to have solved a riddle that he spent 15 years in creating, giving clues to the final hiding place.

i am just one of the other idiots that "think" they've cracked the riddle

where would a UK citizen stand legally if they found it?

you wouldn't need to dig to find the chest.

the owner (Forrest Fenn) left some beads in there and he says he would like them back.

once the chest has been removed there is NO proof of where you found it as nobody can solve the riddle...and even if they did it surely a court would laugh them out of the room.

I am pretty certain that if you returned the beads to Mr Fenn, and then he gave you the treasure as a finders fee, the FEDs would be all over you like a rash demanding you reveal where you found it....apparently any property left of public or private land belongs to the landowner or the gubbermint

is there any legal way to cash in without the powers that be bending the rules so they can sniff and seize until they are content?

any international/American lawyers on here?

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this is a bit random. please feel free to move to off topic....or just leave here for amusement. it has ZERO to do with house prices

an American art dealer/collector back in 2010 hid a 11th century bronze chest full of gold eagles/coins/pre columbian/chinese jewellery and gold nuggets totalling 22 troy pounds of pure gold.

He hid it in the Rocky Mountains

trove estimated to be worth between $800k and $3million.

he left a poem & interviews saying that whoever finds it can keep it.

millions have tried, thousands have claimed to have solved a riddle that he spent 15 years in creating, giving clues to the final hiding place.

i am just one of the other idiots that "think" they've cracked the riddle

where would a UK citizen stand legally if they found it?

you wouldn't need to dig to find the chest.

the owner (Forrest Fenn) left some beads in there and he says he would like them back.

once the chest has been removed there is NO proof of where you found it as nobody can solve the riddle...and even if they did it surely a court would laugh them out of the room.

I am pretty certain that if you returned the beads to Mr Fenn, and then he gave you the treasure as a finders fee, the FEDs would be all over you like a rash demanding you reveal where you found it....apparently any property left of public or private land belongs to the landowner or the gubbermint

is there any legal way to cash in without the powers that be bending the rules so they can sniff and seize until they are content?

any international/American lawyers on here?

Why would you not just post the beads to him anonymously?

And if you found the treasure, there are lots of ways to drip feed it onto the market over 30-40 years. Quicker than that, many more risks.

Hope you are not too old...

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Wth so much land privately owned in the US - and hence anything on private land belonging to the land owners - presumably he has buried this on 'public' land. But what is public land in the US has a complicated ownership - it could be owned by the national government, an individual state or even by a city/town or community. Wouldn't each of these claim the money was theirs if a finder went public?

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****** sake get with the times.

Buy a large car washing franchise and launder the money through there. Watch out for Hank though.

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Oh, this American won't have hidden it on the Canadian side will it.. scratch out Banff then.

Look for the hot-springs.

Finders keepers.

Sounds like a job for the Count of Nowhere.

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Oh, this American won't have hidden it on the Canadian side will it.. scratch out Banff then.

Look for the hot-springs.

Finders keepers.

Sounds like a job for the Count of Nowhere.

its not in Canada. and where warm waters halt has nothing to do with hot springs ;-)

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Why would you not just post the beads to him anonymously?

And if you found the treasure, there are lots of ways to drip feed it onto the market over 30-40 years. Quicker than that, many more risks.

Hope you are not too old...

2 of the nuggets weigh over a pund a piece. who would buy them, pay cash and keep shtum?

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Wth so much land privately owned in the US - and hence anything on private land belonging to the land owners - presumably he has buried this on 'public' land. But what is public land in the US has a complicated ownership - it could be owned by the national government, an individual state or even by a city/town or community. Wouldn't each of these claim the money was theirs if a finder went public?

its illegal to dig so that would complicate matters even further. i can tell you now its not buried....its hidden

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Is it hidden in a Plain site?

loads of ways to hide it above ground. false tree, real tree, false rock, abandoned cabin, etc etc

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Couldn't you just spend a few weeks/months touring the US selling the bits off piecemeal to cash-for-gold places, then wire the cash back to your UK account?

Or would this be enough to alert the Feds?!

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