Confirmation someone else saw treasure cheset before it was buried.
- But doubters need only ask Fenn’s friend Douglas Preston, a bestselling author whose novel The Codex is based on Fenn’s story.
- “That gold is out there—I held it with my own hands,” says Preston, one of the few to have seen the chest before Fenn hid it. “Some of the most wonderful things in the treasure are enormous gold nuggets the size of hen’s eggs, weighing more than a pound each, and worth several times their bullion value. He included things that would survive a long time, and that would be interesting and unusual. And the chest itself is quite rare; it’s a Romanesque lockbox from the 12th century, and with the gold and jewels inside, it weighs 42 pounds.”