29 July 2010, JellyBean @ 5:31 pm

Briton given permission to look for legendary treasure of Lima

Mike Munroe believes he has pinpointed the site where the hoard – rumoured to be worth £100 million – is buried.

He is convinced he can succeed where the likes of film star Errol Flynn and British racing driver Sir Malcolm Campbell have failed.

Mr Munroe has spent more than a decade pawing over battered maps and documents to pinpoint the exact site of the legendary hoard.

Now the 54-year-old, from Melton Mowbray, Leics, is putting the finishing touches to an expedition to unearth the treasure of gold, silver and jewellery which was hidden 190 years ago off the coast of Costa Rica.

The treasure was shipped out of the Peruvian capital of Lima during the last days of Spanish control in 1823.

An original inventory showed 113 gold religious statues, including a life size gold statue of the Virgin Mary, 200 chests of jewels, 273 swords with jewelled hilts, 1,000 diamonds, solid gold crowns,150 chalices and hundreds of gold and silver bars.

Read more: Telegraph

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