Code to Gold

Josh scours the Virginia backcountry in search of the legendary Thomas Beale treasure, which would be worth millions today. Since encrypted codes are hiding its whereabouts, Josh takes a detour to Philadelphia to uncover missing pieces of the puzzle.

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Ready to Fly

Ready to Fly

Josh stands with treasure hunter Mike Evans in front of a small prop plane that will take them high above the forests of Bedford, VA, where they hope to locate the hidden Beale treasure. It’s said that sometime between 1819 and 1821, Thomas Jefferson Beale buried a treasure somewhere near present-day Bedford County. 960 1280

  

The Grand Masonic Temple

The Grand Masonic Temple

The Grand Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, where, in his search for the Beale treasure, Josh learns about James Ward and his Masonic past. It’s believed by some that Beale never really existed and in actuality was Ward. 960 1280

  

Looking for Artifacts

Looking for Artifacts

Josh strolls through a museum looking at artifacts from America’s Founding Fathers as he tries to validate the Beale treasure. 960 1280

  

National Cryptologic Museum

National Cryptologic Museum

Josh heads to the National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction, MD, to learn about ciphers and cipher technology from the 1500s to the present. 960 1280

  

Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

Josh attempts to break a code at the cryptology museum, much like treasure hunters did with the Beale ciphers from the 1800s. 960 1280

  

Beale Papers Pamphlet

Beale Papers Pamphlet

The cover of an original copy of the Beale Papers pamphlet on display at the Bedford Museum in Virginia. The pamphlet was published in the 19th century and contains 3 numerical ciphers, which supposedly reveal the location of Thomas Beale's hidden treasure. 960 1280

  

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is said to be the key to solving the second cipher in the Beale Papers, which provides a description of the treasure. 960 1280

  

Cipher No. 3

Cipher No. 3

A look at an original copy of Cipher No. 3 in the Beale Papers, which, once decoded, will list the names, residences and next of kin of the treasure’s owners. 960 1280

  

Talking National Security

Talking National Security

Josh speaks with Todd Mateer, a cryptanalyst from the National Security Agency who developed a program to analyze the Beale ciphers. 960 1280

  

Catawba Murder Hole Map

Catawba Murder Hole Map

Josh goes with Beale treasure hunter Justin Cannady deep into the Catawba Murder Hole in search of relics and treasures. 960 1280

  

Rappelling in Virginia

Rappelling in Virginia

Josh is seen rappelling deep into the cave in the forests of Virginia in his search for the buried treasure described in the Beale Papers. 960 1280

  

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