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The treasure is an a 11th century romanesque bible box (box of letters).

Date: May 13, 2011
Source: 2011-05-13 PBS - Report from Sante Fe

I got the box and started filling it up with what I called precious things.  There are 20.2 troy pounds of gold in that chest and lots of jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, diamonds, emeralds, rubies.  (There is a bracelet that has 246 rubies, emeralds, and diamonds and a spanish 17th centry gold ring with a big emerald in it).  I bought that bracelet from Eric Sloan.  He had bought it for his wife but she didn't like it.  There are two gold nuggets that weight more than a pound a piece.  Placer nuggets from Alaska.  And 225 gold coins.  (And gold from from Costa Rica or Panama - pre columbian).  Precolumbian things that date to the 11th and 12th centuries.

Date: May 13, 2011
Source: 2011-05-13 PBS - Report from Sante Fe

I didn't want people to say that I did it, that the treasure chest was a gimmick to sell the book.  So I've given all the books to the Collected Works bookstore here in town (Santa Fe, NM).  All that they can sell, they can have for free.  They are putting in a fund 10% of the gross sales of the books and when we get enough money we are going to buy a cancer operation for somebody/kid that can't afford it.

Date: May 13, 2011
Source: 2011-05-13 PBS - Report from Sante Fe

Tree with what looks like the letters F, S, and Z carved in it in video with Fenn.

Date: August 13, 2011
Source: 2011-08-13 KOB-TV 4

Treasure Chest and treasure together weigh 44-45 pounds

Date: August 13, 2011
Source: 2011-08-13 KOB-TV 4

I paid $25,000 for a beatiful Flemish chest that I think dates back to 1150 AD.

Date: November 3, 2012
Source: 2012-11-03 PBS Report from Santa Fe

I started going to gun shows and buying gold nuggets and gold coins.  About 6 months later I had 20.2 troy pounds of gold in that chest.  And jewelry that had emeralds, ceylon sapphires, diamonds, a braclet with 240 rubies, spanish emerald ring, 2 ancient jade carvings of faces.  I took the chest out and I hid it.

Date: November 3, 2012
Source: 2012-11-03 PBS Report from Santa Fe

He saw a sign for Red Canyon, which is the canyon we went up on horesback for a week.

Date: November 3, 2012
Source: 2012-11-03 PBS Report from Santa Fe

I'm not going to put an X on the map for you.

Date: March 1, 2013
Source: 2013-03-01 NBC Today Show

The Thrill of the Chase was my 8th book.

Date: April 27, 2013
Source: 2013-04-27 PBS - Report from Santa Fe

I wrote my autobiography, but I never did publish it.

Date: April 27, 2013
Source: 2013-04-27 PBS - Report from Santa Fe

Last week I passed 15,000 emails in my inbox.

Date: April 27, 2013
Source: 2013-04-27 PBS - Report from Santa Fe

I have no intention of getting the treasure chest.

Date: June 24, 2017
Source: 2017-06-24 Santa Fe New Mexican

Fenn said Thrill has sold 22,000 copies.

Date: June 24, 2017
Source: 2017-06-24 Santa Fe New Mexican

So far, we have given away about $70,000 (from the proceeds of the book).

Date: June 24, 2017
Source: 2017-06-24 Santa Fe New Mexican