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In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

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Those Old Arrastres

By Dorothy Mclean
From page 23 of the October, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Remnants of old arrastres are still to be found in many of the old mining towns of the West, either of the crude type used by Mexican miners as simple drag-stone mills for crushing ore (especially silver ore), or more modern versions developed by ... (269 Total Words)

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Those Other Uses For Our Detectors

By B.G. Revis
From page 20 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Most of us think of metal detectors as only used for coinshooting, relic hunting, or competition hunting, but how many of you realize the myriad of other uses for your detector? These instruments have been used by and for the police to recover eviden... (1428 Total Words)
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Those Rare And Expensive Confederate Coins

By Trini Concoles
From page 36 of the May, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Just before the start of the Civil War, seven states (South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana) se­ceded from the union and formed the Confederate States of America. On January 31, 1861, Confederate troops t... (1137 Total Words)

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Those Rubies Are Garnets

By William J. Bartel
From page 55 of the May, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Montana's gold rush began on May 28, 1863, when a party of six prospectors, fleeing from Indians, stopped overnight in a small gulch in southwestern Montana and discovered gold nuggets in the gravel of a nearby stream. The next day they hastened t... (528 Total Words)

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Those State Historical Publications

By John H. Murrell
From page 32 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You've been bitten by the treasure bug and, with your brand new metal detector, you have become the scourge of the area and worn out your welcome in every neighbor's yard in a three square block. You feel depressed over your finds of pull-tabs, cl... (1239 Total Words)

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Those Winter Months

By Thomas M. Purzycki (tomtp)
From page 62 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Winter is fast approaching and many of us will have to put our detectors away for another long winter. But all is not lost; now is the perfect time to do all that research you have been putting off. A winter spent doing research will result in som... (685 Total Words)

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Thrall - An Old Railroad Town

By Tom Vance
From page 59 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sixteen-year-old self-described Iowa novice treasure hunter Nathan Tokheim wrote the other day wondering about two Iowa ghost towns in his area in Wright County. Nathan asked, "Do you know of anything about these two old towns of Thrall and Viona,... (1559 Total Words)

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Three Centuries of Treasure In the Great Lakes

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 32 of the April, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seasoned treasure hunters believe that, next to the plate fleets of the Caribbean and the rich lost ports of the Mediterranean, the Great Lakes hold more treasure than any other locale in the world. Approximately 15,000 vessels have gone to the bo... (2422 Total Words)

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Three Coin Tales

By Henry Metivier
From page 56 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ancient Coin Found

Somebody found a Viking coin on an old Indian dump in Blue Hill, Maine, and the experts seem to agree that the Vikings had been there. It was only a piece of a coin at that. Well, in May 2000, I found an ancient Roman coin... (1920 Total Words)

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Three Dirty Men

By Jaime Ibanez
From page 84 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gordier's Golden Cache
No one in the search party who had arrested the three strangers was a lawman. They were a band of well-intentioned vigilantes. The vigilantes held a trial, and the strangers were hanged for the murder of Henry Gordier. A... (1621 Total Words)

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Three Gold Crosses

By Ruby Peacock
From page 64 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Signal Mountain is a cone-shaped peak rising perhaps 300 feet above the flat west Texas prairie a few miles southeast of Big Spring. It has long been the subject of Indian lore and, in recent yearsin at least one instancehas been the scene of... (384 Total Words)

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Three Little Indians

By Bill Taggert
From page 75 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Paiute Gold Coin Cache
Glumly, the El Dorado committee visited the old chief as they had done seven years before and demanded satisfaction. Since tribal custom was that a blood relative had to be given the assignment of executioner, Indian... (2242 Total Words)

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Three Little Tales Of Nevada Treasures

By B.G. Revis
From page 30 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Here are three Nevada treasure tales to titillate your imagination and give you pause to ponder while snuggled around a crackling fire on a cold winter evening.

These are well-known treasures that are well worth looking for. A cou... (1241 Total Words)
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Three Lost Gold Mines Inthe El Paso Range

By James E. Mulkey
From page 62 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Today, the town of Garlock is no more than a smudge on the map a few miles northwest of Randsburg, Calif., a former gold, silver and tungsten mining town thats located just off of U. S. Highway 395. Garlock is now completely ghosted and what littl... (1442 Total Words)

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Three Million Dollar Treasure May Be Somewhere Else

By Lee Courtney
From page 39 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure: $80,000 in four bags in a common location. Today’s Value:About $3,000,000. Lead In: Although the theft of a large amount of gold at the start of the Blackhawk Wars is a matter of record, no one has found it in over 20... (1259 Total Words)

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Three Outings--three Rings

By Donald Perring
From page 9 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Class Ring Bristol High School, Bristol, Connecticut
While visiting family in Westbrook during the month of July 2000, and having my handy Tesoro Bandito II U-Max with me, I decided to go metal detecting in the nearby town of Old Saybrook, whe... (720 Total Words)

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Three Pounds Of History

By Dean Adams
From page 38 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
We had been digging targets around the old stone foundation at a steady pace for almost three hours. When the hunt was over, we had a coffee can full of early bullets and cartridge cases of every size and description. What was the history behind such... (1303 Total Words)
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Three Tales Of Coin Finds In California

By Gerry Edwards
From page 26 of the May, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold Mine Copper

My wife, Lindi, anxiously opened the box of the new detector I had promised her, a Whites M6. This detector was a turn on and go type with very little adjusting. I liked the fact that it had a tone ID feature. Lindi was a n... (1309 Total Words)

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Three Tons of Gold

By Milford P. Webster
From page 22 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“The sinking that shook America.” That’s the title of a current events article of the September 25, 1989, issue of U.S. News & World Report. It stated:

Until last week, when treasure hunters began hauling gold ... (1164 Total Words)

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Three Tons of Gold

By Milford P. Webster
From page 11 of the February, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold in quantities unimaginable to the average individual has been found from the SS Central America by the Columbus America Discovery Group. The privately minted California gold pieces, United States gold coins, various sizes of gold bar... (1919 Total Words)

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Three-in-One Hole

By By Gerry Edwards
From page 59 of the August, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It felt good to be back on the old search again. I had moved to Mariposa five months ago and had been so busy that I had not been out exploring, except for a couple of times when I had helped a new friend do some gold dredging on Mariposa Creek.I ... (903 Total Words)

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Thrift Store Prospecting

By Andy Sabisch
From page 38 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Did You Know Fort Knox Has Branch Offices In Your Home Town? Over the years, I have tried to cover unique aspects of treasure hunting and look at common facets with a different slant to show readers how to find more in the time they spend in ... (1306 Total Words)

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Thurber, Town Of Ghosts: Only Mining Memories Remain

By Gary Sawyer
From page 24 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Along Interstate 20 in Texas, between Abilene and Fort Worth, are only a few old buildings left of what was once the city of Thurber. During the towns mining heyday, it boasted a population of 10,000 people. It was in Thurber that coal was mined a... (1007 Total Words)

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Tidbits From A Fellow Detectorist

By Michael W. Mosley
From page 48 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The purpose of this article is to pass along a few tidbits of information that may be beneficial to other detectorists as they enjoy this wonderful hobby.Before each hunt, check out your equipment. Spare batteries should be carried along on every ... (1447 Total Words)

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Time At The Tollgate: Stop and Find the Coins

By Joe Wolfe
From page 50 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One source of sites to search for old coins are tollgates on pre-1900's turnpikes. The word turnpike, by definition, contains tollgates, which were the collection points of tolls on early roads. Tolls only amounted to pennies, but they started... (870 Total Words)

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Time Crime

By Anthony M Belli
From page 46 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Archaeology like any science has its problems, but but observing an archaeological dig I was attended years ago, painstaking detail is paid by the professional to process a site.
It is very much like processing a major crime scene. For law... (1319 Total Words)
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Time Crime

By Anthony M Belli
From page 40 of the August, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Its known as the Treasure Trove law. And its origin appears to be Germanic dating back to the AngloSaxon period. Considered Common Law not Statute Law, Treasure Trove was adopted throughout Europe with slight variance.


It was adopted i... (1080 Total Words)
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Time Ranger

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the November, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few years ago I did a field test report on a detector marketed under the Discovery label and marketed by Radio Shack called the Discovery 2200. While putting the report together, I was a bit surprised to find out that the company that actually b... (1894 Total Words)

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Tiny Treasures Next Door

By Gene Silvernail
From page 31 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The dull green object blended so well with the aged ash of a rubbish heap that it was a minute before my eye could pick out the distinctive shadow it cast.

The metal diska coin unmistakablystood strangely on edge, three-quarters buried in a... (735 Total Words)

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Tips

By Lost Treasure
From page 50 of the April, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How to mark your search area

In sweeping a search area, carrying shovels and other digging equipment can be quite a problem. To avoid this, mark each contact with white plastic garden plant markers. These markers may be purchased at any gar... (229 Total Words)

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Tips and Hints for Cruising Detectorists

By Dean Adams
From page 26 of the June, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The most recent cruise my wife, Kay, and I took was to what cruiselines call the Eastern Caribbean. This refers to the numerous islands of the Caribbean Sea to the east and south of Florida.

For this trip I felt comfortable taking a detecto... (1109 Total Words)

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Tips And Tricks

By Dean Adams
From page 38 of the March, 1993 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1) As all TH'ers who swung a loop for any period of time know, not all good signals turn out to be good targets. There are many variable circumstances that result in a lot of extra holes being dug.

While hunting old homesites, I have found ... (1214 Total Words)

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Tips For Amateur Prospectors

By B.G. Revis
From page 32 of the March, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold isn't always where you look. If you are striking out on your first gold panning venture, do a little research and don't rely on tales told by other amateurs who may know less than you do about it.
I'm not an expert at this but I have dipp... (1050 Total Words)

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Tips For Buying Civil War Treasures

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 7 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are three crucial tips to follow when collecting artifacts from the American Civil War era - study, study more, and study even further.Prices of these relics have skyrocketed in the past few years, thus creating an environment conducive to t... (501 Total Words)

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Tips For New Treasure Hunters

By Michael Haer
From page 30 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I was sitting in my chair the other day, reading back issues of Lost Treasure and looking out the window wishing it would quit raining so I could get out metal detecting.

I started thinking about when I first started metal detecting and how... (1810 Total Words)

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Tips For Successful Gold Panning

By Angie Irons
From page 50 of the May, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although panning for gold can be considered a fun hobby, or possibly a profitable vacation sport, many people approach it without considering all the facts. Panning for gold is often hard, time consuming, and physically painful work. Some lucky in... (1211 Total Words)

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Tips For The Beginning Treasure Hunter

By Bill Martin
From page 45 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Fortunate indeed is the man who, in this hectic life, can leave worry behind, forget the cares of the workaday world and, when the weekend comes, depart into a life of high adventure. But every day, more and more are finding this new, exciting and... (1622 Total Words)

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Tips For the Prospector

By Anthony Belli
From page 52 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Placer gold mining in the United States dates back about 200 years, beginning in the late 18th century in the southern region of the Appalachians, followed by rich placer diggings near Golden, New Mexico, being worked as early as 1828.But the firs... (1104 Total Words)

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Tips For Treading Unfamilar Territory

By Michael Mosley
From page 27 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are a few tips that could make the first steps into unknown territory seem a little easier for the novice detectorist. There’s plenty to learn, but that doesn’t have to mean that it is difficult to get out and make some nice reco... (1165 Total Words)

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Tips For Treasure Hunting

By Shelia Stogsdill
From page 20 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Try using these detecting tips for a safer, more productive hunt.

Keep your coil flat and low to the ground, otherwise you will lose depth.

Sweep slowly. Modern computerized detectors need a little time to lock up on the target to pr... (1256 Total Words)

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Tips From The Field - Clubs Helping Communities

By Joe Protrowski
From page 48 of the October, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ever considered joining a metal detecting, treasure hunting or prospecting club? Perhaps youve given some thought to starting up a club? Either way, getting involved is a wonderful idea for both novice and old timers alike. Clubs have a good deal ... (1475 Total Words)

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Tips From The Field - New Column

By Joe Petrowski
From page 60 of the September, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Treasure magazine is introducing its new department to be featured each month called Tips from the Field. This column was created in response to the large volume of mail we receive each month from our readers, fellow treasure hunters and pros... (1260 Total Words)

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Titanic Artifact Exhibit

By John F. Minges Iii
From page 64 of the November, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In April 1912, the White Star Lines Titanic was the largest moving object in the world882 feet 9 inches long and 92 feet wide, weighing 46,328 tons and costing $7.5 million dollars. There is probably no other ship in the world that more has been wri... (1042 Total Words)
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To Clean or Not to Clean?

By Ken Richards
From page 24 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Is cleaning a coin really an offence - one that's almost as serious as tearing the label off a mattress? Some people think so. What? You used tarnish remover on that 1963 dime? Don't you realize that you've destroyed half its value? No... (1269 Total Words)

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To Discriminate or Not to Discriminate

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 23 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The changes in the technology that has become available to us in the last decade are simply wonderful. In the late 1980's, most of us were grateful to have a metal detector that would work, not to mention the many gizmos that are available to ... (1465 Total Words)

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To Hunt or Not to Hunt...

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 7 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

That's the question...only you can provide the answer. You can hunt inside or outside during the winter months - the choice is yours. Try to keep active during the winter months, you'll thank yourself come spring.

Old man winter is on the w... (528 Total Words)

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Today Is The Day: Thrill of the Hunt

By John Minges
From page 8 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Avid treasure hunters and metal detectorists have a common bond when it comes to searching for lost treasure. As individuals, we recognize our own need and desire for adventure. People will often find us off to ourselves, seeking to create a spark... (486 Total Words)

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Tokens For Appreciation (both Aesthetic And Financial)

By Ken Richards
From page 46 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal subway tokens are now antiques. They've been replaced by non-metallic cards good for a number of prepaid rides.

Although these new electronic cards are more efficient, they're also boring. And they're not good hunting, as they're made... (1338 Total Words)

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Tokens: Micro-money That's Worth Lots More

By Bob Bass
From page 21 of the May, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tokens are as different and as varied as sand in the ocean. There are so many different categories that, until recently, there has been no single catalog that listed all of the various types.

Most tokens are made of metal and resemble coina... (1165 Total Words)

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Tom C Pattern Treasure Hunter Extraodinary

By Jimmie Hemphill
From page 60 of the January, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My arrival at the Tyler, Texas, airport was greeted by a long-time buddy who, for me, had put up the top on his convertible in weather of only 40 degrees. As an announcer at the local television station, KLTV, he was expected to maintain a public ... (1442 Total Words)

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