IF someone goes out an intentionally buries a treasure for others to find is it a LOST TREASURE or a GEOCACHE?
This is a new question that has popped up due to the fact a New Mexico Millionaire has intentionally buried a multimillion dollar treasure and is encouraging others to go out and find it. But first you have to ask yourself a few questions:
1. Was it really buried by this individual?
2. Is it really worth millions?
3. Since he thought he was dying when he buried it, but he ended up not dying, did he go back and get it?
4. Has it already been recovered by not made public?
5. And last of all, was this or is this all a hoax?
At present, this treasure, if real, is actually a geocache. Google Geocaching and you will kinda get an idea. Hidden with clues and waiting for someone to find it. BUT, if the fellow who buried the treasure DIES before it is claimed by anyone, then this in fact may become part of Treasure Legends and be written about for decades to come, thus attaining a little bit of immortality for the fellow who buried it in the first place; which begs the answers to the questions above? Was it real to begin with or was this to insure his own personal literary immortality?
Here is how the story goes:
Forrest Fenn an almost 82-year-old millionaire art collector and former Santa Fe gallery owner hid a treasure worth $3 million (though it might be worth more now) and the treasure is still out there waiting to be found. The story, reported recently on both The Today Show and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, has gone viral and has created a run on Fenn’s book, The Thrill of the Chase (with nine clues to the treasure). The Thrill of the Chase, is now one of the bestselling books in America and reached number 15 on Amazon’s Top 100 List. It is selling on ebay for $500. The book started selling at four per minute and rapidly went out of print. (There have now been a third printing of 7,700 copies and a fourth of 7,700 ten days later). Fenn is not making anything from the book — he has donated them all to Collected Works bookstore.
Over spring break, 6,000 people came into Santa Fe to treasure hunt. No wonder. The treasure includes 265 gold coins, hundreds of gold nuggets, some weighing more than a troy pound each, prehistoric gold fetishes, a 2000 year old necklace made of carved quartz crystals and other semi-precious stones, hundreds of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, two Ceylon sapphires, and two ancient Chinese carved jade figures. (There are 20.2 troy pounds of gold in the chest and the price varies every hour. Some of the coins have numismatic value beyond the value of spot gold). The treasure chest also includes a 20,000 word autobiography in a glass jar, protected from the elements and printed so small that a magnifying glass is needed to read it.