Before major conflicts like World War II broke out, countries had their own valuable items, be they gold, money, art, or historical artifacts that were of cultural value. Usually, these treasures are worth millions, heck, even trillions of dollars. Now, during chaotic moments, these items could not always be secured and hidden away from enemies or whoever had the interest to have their hands on these prized possessions. Thus, only some of these treasures were retrieved, but many were still left missing, either stolen or hidden away from the public. With that, here are some of those valuable items that were still yet to be found. Who knows, maybe you could find them.

The Amber Room

The Amber Room, as you could imagine, was as magical as its name. It was a chamber made of pure amber panels, gold leaf, mirrors, gildings, carvings, gemstones, and candles, all twinkling and glowing like the galaxy compressed in a single room. It was constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, intended for the Charlottenburg Palace, although it ended up being installed at the Berlin City Palace.

The glistening room remained in Berlin until 1716 until it was given by the Prussian King Frederick William I to Tsar Peter the Great of the Russian Empire. It was installed in the Catherine Palace in Russia, where after many renovations and expansions, it contained more than 13,000 pounds of amber.

The Amber Room in 1917. (Андрей Андреевич Зеест, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

After the Operation Barbarossa of WWII, many treasures were looted by the Nazis, and the Amber Room was one of them. In Early 1944, the Allied forces were closing in on Germany, so they immediately disassembled and stored the Amber Room away, never to be seen again. In 2003, a replica of the room was completed in the Catherin Palace, with 900 pounds of amber panels, far from the real dazzle of the original Amber Room. In 2020, Polish divers found the wreckage of a German WWII ship that was thought to help solve the mystery of the missing Amber Room.

Yamashita’s Gold

The tale of the missing Yamashita’s Gold was a blur of myth and reality, and time even made it more blurry, but the story was pretty popular in the Philippines. According to the story set in World War II, the Japanese did not only tear down one Asian city after the other and brutally kill the people but also looted each of the cities they left in devastation. The Japanese emperor specifically created a group called Kin no yuri, which translates to “Golden Lily,” to plunder valuable items all over Asia.

General Tomoyuki Yamashita ordered for the treasures to be hidden in underground tunnels in the Philippines. For years after the war, people both from and outside the Philippines tried to search for these treasures but to no avail. In 1988, a rather complex lawsuit was filed in a Hawaiian state court by Rogelio Roxas, a Filipino treasure hunter, against Ferdinand Marcos, the former dictator, and President of the Philippines, and his wife Imelda Marcos for theft and human rights abuses (one of their many cases.)

According to Roxas, he managed to get hold of the map that would point to the Yamashita’s gold location from a former Japanese WWII soldier. Together with his team, Roxas headed to the location and discovered some proof that the treasure might indeed be there. However, when the greedy president heard about it, he had Roxas arrested and tortured and his findings confiscated.

Imelda Marcos with the statue in 1996. (

He filed a case against Marcos. After a long and agonizing journey that involved terrorizing, hiding, and more torturing, Roxas won the case only to die on the evening of the trial, with the official cause being tuberculosis. With no autopsy performed, it was apparent that there was some foul play involved. As for the treasures that Roxas managed to find, no one really knew where they were. Perhaps they weren’t true at all, or maybe they were somewhere along with the other ill-gotten wealth and treasures of the Marcoses.