Around 1820, a traveler by the name of Thomas J. Beale was resting in a Virginia hotel. Beale became a close firend with the owner of the hotel, Robert Morris.
Beale visited the hotel again in 1822. During the stay, Beale handed over a locked iron box to Morris and said, "If I do not come back for this box within ten years, please open it.”
Time passed, but Beale did not return for his box. But to be certan, Morris waited even longer than the requested ten years.
Finally, as promised, the lock was broken and 3 cryptograms with a letter from Beale were retrieved. The letter contained information pertaining to millions of dollars in gold that Beale had excavated in a gold mine with his partners. The first page of the cryptogram was said to describe the location of the hidden treasure. The second page contained detailed information on the contents of the treasure. The third page contained names of the successors of the treasure. The cryptograms only contained numbers listed in rows and could not be deciphered easily. The first and third sheets have never been deciphered. The second has been deciphered and describes the contents of the treasure which is worth some $20 million at today's prices.
To find my treasure, you will need to try to decipher the code below:
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