Saturday, July 24, 2010

Coin Collecting and Confederate Gold

Coin Collecting and Confederate Gold
23 Jul, 2010

Jason Whitney, the President of First Fidelity Reserve finds the hobby of coin collecting uniquely interwoven into the history of America. Beaumont Texas the home of First Fidelity Reserve is steeped in exciting history dating back before the Civil War. Texas was in fact one of the last state to declare it’s secession before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861.

About four years later when General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox in, 1865, the War Between the States officially ended and Texas once again became a part of the union. During those war years many stories were told of hidden treasures of gold and silver coins buried by military and government entities.

In one of them…a secret, subversive Confederate group, the Knights of the Golden Circle, hid fortunes in ill-gotten Confederate gold to finance a second Civil War. Cryptic clues are said to lead to coin caches.

Sounds similar to the Walt Disney’s National Treasure Book of Secrets movie theme, a sequel to the 2004 hit? Nicholas Cage stars as Ben Gates, a treasure hunter in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure through a series of clues passed down for centuries? Thought a lunatic, Gates perseveres and discovers the greatest cache of treasure of all time, Cibola, the Seven Cities of Gold.

Truth is often stranger that fiction. Bob Brewer is a modern day Ben Gates and actually served as a consultant on the Disney film. Brewer, a native of Hatfield, Arkansas, traces his passion for hidden Confederate gold to a cryptic reference by his great uncle, W.D. “Grandpa” Ashcraft 58 years ago. The old man had pointed to an old beech tree etched with carvings when they were deep in the woods near Brushy Creek. “Boy, you see that tree? That’s a treasure tree. You see that writing? If you can figure out what it is, you’ll find some gold.”

The old man said no more, but his words stuck with Brewer throughout childhood and two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy helicopter crewman. So did memories of Ashcraft’s frequent, unexplained rides into the nearby Ouachita Mountains.

Retiring from the Navy in 1977, Brewer took up an illusive quest…for buried treasure and his family’s links to the mysterious Knights of the Golden Circle. Many years of research placed Brewer among a growing following who believe the group buried millions in gold across a dozen states, to finance a second Civil War that never came to be. And Brew believes Grandpa Ashcraft and his son Odis were somehow involved with it.

In Brewer’s Ben Gates journey, he has unearthed about $200,000 worth of gold and silver coins, proving he’s not some old coot with a metal detector. For those numismatist and history buffs who like these types of stories Whitney of First Fidelity Reserve recommends that you read Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man’s Quest to Find the Hidden treasure of the Confederacy, which Brewer co-authored in 2003 with Warren Getler, a former Wall Street Journal reporter. Reissued in paperback as “Rebel Gold,” the book gives new information of the hidden history of the KGC and details Brewer’s research into his family connections and his work in cracking the KGC hidden code.

Many KGC symbols are recurring: snakes, turtles, crescent moons, crosses, numbers and letters with odd flourishes. Brewer believes they may be cryptic indicators of distance and direction, all clues to buried treasure.

He is now working in Oklahoma, after a “big, big one,” big enough to validate his 30-year search. The Oklahoma cache was reportedly two million dollars when it was buried with today worth about 80 times that face value. “Coins steeped in this type of exciting history virtually addicts us who love collecting these beautiful, fascinating links to our historical roots,” states, Jason Whitney, First Fidelity Reserve’s president.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Knights of the Golden Circle treasure Maps 14

Knights of the Golden Circle treasure Maps 14
Saturday, July 17th, 2010

(Editors note: Underground Discovery & Exploration reposted their original article entitled "Knights of the Golden Circle Treasure maps 14" dated Monday, June 14th, 2010 as "Knights of the Golden Circle Treasure maps 13".)

Knights of the Golden Circle treasure Maps 14
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Knights of the Golden Circle Treasure maps of the KGC and signs should be read within their own right and not from a standard Treasure Hunters Manual of signs. The emails and phone calls are generally of the nature “I have a stone carved into the shape of an . . . . . . , what does it mean”. With KGC it depends on the area and the persons that did the deposit. I would love to be able to help, but I can not without seeing the context of the signs. I would like to get you thinking more like the KGC and make it easier for you to find.

Begin by looking at the individual sign. If it is an animal, consider the attributes of the animal. Say it were a cheetah. The cheetah is best known for its ability to run. Is it indicating such within the context? Consider the turtle of the Spanish and the KGC. Does it the have legs? Then it is walking. If it has no legs, it is going to be right there, it is going no where. If it has one leg, watch carefully it may be a pointer. One of the more significant features is the eye. There are three positions to consider for the eye. First, is one eye not carved where it should be? Then the other eye is looking at something and gives a directional for another sign, an entryway, a deposit, etc. If an eye is carved but closed, then consider this: the eye is present but it is ‘lights out’ time. Watch for a death trap. Or it may be that it just indicates there is nothing there. If both eyes are open, carefully study for differences, particularly letters or numbers near the eye and watch the lines around the eye carefully for a pattern or a map. The lines may indicate a topo map drawn for the cache or next sign. Compare these lines carefully to the surrounding topography. There are many other signs from the eyes, so sit down and consider what it may be telling you. So you have three things to consider about each eye: is it missing, is it closed or is it open. Then you must apply how it is being used and the context of that information. Then compare the information from the two eyes and proceed from there.

Knights of the Golden Circle Treasure maps, Spanish and KGC signs and symbols art complex and many per site. Take many pictures, do not disturb anything that MAY be a sign, DO NOT REMOVE any of the signs or symbols. If you need help with the interpretation of these treasure map indicators, call Dr. John Melancon or email for further help.