The 9 most expensive and important treasures found in sunken shipwrecks


The 9 most important and most expensive treasures ever found in shipwrecks.

The most important and valuable treasures, worth millions of dollars, ever found among sunken shipwrecks

is the Titanic one of the most famous and important sunken ships in history that has not yet been extracted from the ocean.

But there are thousands of other shipwrecks that sank in one of the bodies of water, seas or oceans, which hide within them many secrets and valuable treasures that were found in the wreck of one of the sunken ships. However, there are many valuable treasures that are still sunk and have not yet been found.

How good it is to be one of the lucky ones who got one of those treasures. There are definitely a lot of professional companies in the world that search for lost treasures at the bottom of the ocean. Not only professionals who were able to find treasures, but also amateur fishermen and ordinary people found them. One of the remains of those lost treasures in the water.

Here are the nine most valuable treasures found among the wrecks of the most famous ships in history

Belitung shipwreck:

Shipwreck Belitung, also known as Tang, was shipwrecked around 830 AD. The ship was an Arab dhow that sailed from Africa to China. The ship successfully completed the voyage from Africa to China but sank during the return voyage near Belitung Island, Indonesia.

In 1998, the shipwreck was discovered by fishermen in the Gelasa Strait at a depth of (16 m) from the surface of the water.

About 60,000 pieces of blue and white utensils and dishes, and a collection of golden bowls, were found inside the ship. Many valuable and expensive artifacts from different eras were also found inside the cargo of the sunken ship. The treasure is currently valued at about $90 million.

Gold ship:

The gold ship that sank with more than 420 people on board in 1857 AD due to a hurricane.

The gold ship was loaded with hundreds of kilograms of gold, when it was hit by a devastating hurricane off the coast of North and South Carolina, which led to its sinking.

Gold treasure

It took nearly 100 years to unearth the sunken treasure of the gold ship. In 1988, the shipwreck was discovered by the Columbus America Discovery Group from Ohio.

Large quantities of gold were recovered from the shipwreck, with an estimated value of between 100 and 150 million dollars. After a legal battle, 92% of the gold was awarded to the discovery team in 1996.

Treasures of Antikythera:

The ship, named after the island of Antikythera, sank more than 2,000 years ago in the second quarter of the eighth century BC.

The ship sank near a Greek island called Antikythera on the edge of the Aegean Sea, northwest of Crete.

Rare anticathera mechanism

The shipwreck was discovered for the first time more than 100 years ago by divers.

It is interesting what was discovered among the wreckage of the sunken ship, as the search and inspection of the sunken ship resulted in perhaps what can be defined as the first computer in the world that was used to track the movement of the sun, planets, and moon.

Some bronze chairs, gold, and jewelry were also discovered, as well as some high-quality glass artifacts, statues made of marble and bronze, and statues of giant warriors, in addition to gold coins. The treasures found were estimated at approximately 120 to 160 million.


The sinking of the famous ship Titanic was one of the most horrific maritime accidents in history. The giant ship sank on its first voyage.

The British passenger liner Titanic was carrying more than 1,500 passengers and crew on board when it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.

Titanic ship

The ship was carrying expensive antiques, gold, diamonds, silver, and other valuables whose value was estimated at more than $300 million.

Since the ship's discovery in 1985, many artifacts, gold and silver, porcelain dishes and other valuables have been recovered and displayed in various locations around the world. A public auction was held for many artifacts from the wreck of the Titanic in September 2015, and the treasures found were estimated at approximately $189 million.

Sunken diamond:

The Sunken Diamond Ship is one of the largest and most valuable shipwreck finds in history.

The ship is one of the Portuguese merchant ships that sank in the 16th century and was named Jesus Bom.

The ship was sailing from Lisbon in 1533 when it sank. It is believed that the ship was destroyed by a severe storm near the coast of West Africa.

The ship was carrying large quantities of precious metals, copper alloys and weapons from that era.

Diamond ship

Geological work for De Beers discovered one of the largest treasures in history that has not yet been evaluated.

Inside the shipwreck they found tons of bullion, huge amounts of gold coins, more than 50 elephant tusks, silver, copper, swords and other weapons, and the total value of the treasure is still unknown and is being evaluated.

British cargo ship Gairsoppa - $210,000,000

The British ship SS Gairsoppa was a steam-powered merchant ship on its way to Ireland during World War II, specifically in 1941. The ship was destroyed by a German forces boat and all 85 passengers on board were killed.

The ship was en route to Galway, Ireland when it was destroyed. The ship was carrying 200 tons of silver when it sank.

In 2011, the shipwreck was found by Odyssey Marine after a nearly two-month search for its wreckage.

The shipwreck was found near the coast of Ireland. Odyssey Marine recovered 1,218 silver bars weighing more than 40 tons, which were valued at more than $210 million. The excavating company that found the treasure got 80% of the silver, and in return the state treasury got 20%.

Atocha Motherlode - $450 million:

The Spanish ship Nuestra Señora de Atocha, known as the Atocha Motherlode, was heading to Havana when it sank on its way back due to a strong hurricane.

The Spanish ship was carrying tons of copper bullion, jewelry, silver, gold, and other precious metals. The Señora de Atocha sank in 1622 off the Florida Keys.

All passengers on board were killed except three sailors and two slaves. When the news of the ship sinking arrived, the Spanish authorities directed five ships to rescue the shipwrecked person, but unfortunately hurricanes prevented that and made the rescue operation a failure.

One of the most expensive gold pieces found in the shipwreck of the Etosha, whose value was estimated at about 100,000 dollars

In 1985, Mel Fisher (treasure hunter) was able to find the Atocha motherlode and found gold, silver, copper and emeralds in its wreckage.

The value of the treasures found amounted to about $450 million, and this is only half of the treasure that went to the bottom of the ocean with Atocha. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nuestra Señora de Atocha is the most valuable shipwreck in the world.

Black Swan Project - $500 million:


The Black Swan Project is the code name given by the explorer Odyssey Marine while excavating the ship.

The operation led to the discovery of more than $500 million worth of bullion, and the shipwreck and the identity of the ship were not revealed by the Odyssey Marine excavation team because the site where the treasure was found was in the area where many sinking incidents occurred during the colonial era.

Black Swan Ship Treasures

The treasure contains coins and artifacts from different periods. The search resulted in the discovery of more than 600,000 pieces of silver weighing more than 17 tons, hundreds of gold coins and artifacts from different periods, and other precious jewelry. In 2007, this discovery was revealed.

Spain claimed ownership of the entire treasure and would not pay any reward to the rescue team that discovered the treasure.

San Jose ship:

According to estimates, the ship was found off the coast of Colombia, by a robot diving underwater using micro-rays, as the wreck was at a depth of approximately 600 meters.

On June 8, 1708, fire broke out in the Spanish ship "San Jose" off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, following a battle with the British that began that afternoon. When darkness fell, the 62-gun ship disappeared under the waves of the Caribbean Sea, and almost everyone on board disappeared with it. They number 600 people, in addition to gold, silver and jewelry worth approximately $20 billion today, according to the BBC.

San Jose Treasure

The British warship San Jose sank more than 300 years ago when it was laden with nearly 200 tons of gold, silver and precious jewels, a treasure valued today at about $17 billion, somewhere near the Baru Peninsula, southern Colombia.

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