The Beale Ciphers

The Beale Ciphers are a set of three encoded papers, one of which allegedly contains the location of $63 million dollars worth of treasure. The story is that, in 1820, Thomas Jefferson Beale left a box with the encrypted messages with a local innkeeper, who gave them to a friend when he died. That friend tried to decode the messages, managing to get one describing the contents of the treasure and a general location. He published a pamphlet in 1885 with the ciphers. The deciphered cryptogram reads:

"I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford's, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number three, herewith: The first deposit consisted of ten hundred and fourteen pounds of gold, and thirty-eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver, deposited Nov. eighteen nineteen. The second was made Dec. eighteen twenty-one, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty-eight of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to save transportation, and valued at thirteen thousand dollars. The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone, and are covered with others. Paper number one describes the exact locality of the vault, so that no difficulty will be had in finding it."

 

It's decoded using the Declaration of Independence.


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