Gold Bug

A substitution cipher from an Edgar Allan Poe short story.

Published in 1843, The Gold-Bug is a short story from Edgar Allan Poe about a gentleman that was bitten by a gold-colored bug and follows a secret message that would lead to a buried treasure.

The "Gold Bug" symbols never had symbols for J, K, Q, W, X, and Z. In their place, I decided upon the symbols based on others that I saw in the code (there was a ] but not a [ symbol) and what I saw on pictures of old typewriters. Apparently, I made good choices because this was later copied by dCode.


  • - From the short story.
  • - Added spaces between words and a little punctuation.