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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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Tools of the Trade - Fallen Treasure

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I had been so sure that this target was going to be gold. The low, mellow signal it had triggered on my metal detector was exactly what I had been listening for. This corner of northwestern Arizona had rewarded me with many nice nuggets that winte... (2934 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - Find More By Driving Less

By Andy Sabisch
From page 50 of the April, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In many of my previous columns, we have covered how to set achievable goals, select the right equipment, and locate productive sites through research. Based on the positive feedback I have received, it’s clear that many of you are putting th... (1683 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Finding Coins & Other Valuables at Heavily Hunted Sites

By Andy Sabisch
From page 39 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the decades I have been involved in treasure hunting, I have had the opportunity to search for virtually all forms of treasure in virtually every part of the globe and the excitement of making any recovery is as exhilarating today as it was 4... (1978 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Gold Prospecting For a Living?

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“Gold Prices Hit All Time Highs!” If you have been reading the papers or surfing the web in the past few months it would have been hard to miss headlines such as this. In fact, just about every television channel I turn on these days seems to ... (2380 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Hunting Sidewalks

By By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the past few months we've covered the subjects of identifying, sorting, cleaning, appraising and, if desired, selling your finds. Based on the positive feedback I've received, it looks like that information was useful to a great many ... (1937 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Keeping the Hobby Alive

By Andy Sabisch
From page 39 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several of my recent columns have dealt with the crossroad the hobby currently finds itself at in terms of being a viable hobby in the years to come. Legislation is being passed on an accelerating rate limiting where we can use our equipment and, ... (1676 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Learning to Read a Creek

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the January, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I glanced at the caller ID and recognized the number. It was a school friend that had recently relocated to a small town in western Oregon. Ever since he developed an interest in gold prospecting I could count on his Thursday night calls like cloc... (1688 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Looking for New Sites to Hunt? Look to the Past!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the October, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bob got up early hoping to beat the summer heat and do some detecting before the temperatures started to climb.
Loading his gear into his truck, he headed off to the large public park on the other side of town and after getting setup, started h... (2067 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Maddie’s Unexpected Find

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the November, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I had to stop digging for a moment to wipe the sweat from my eyes. The salt burned as I quickly tried to rub it away with my shirt sleeve. Although the pine needles and loamy soil beneath my feet were easy enough to dig, the humidity felt as if it... (2180 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Maintaining Threshold Stability: Tips for using Minelab GPX Detectors

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With the sharp rise in the spot price of gold, there has been a marked increase in the number of people getting involved with recreational gold prospecting.
Gold Club memberships are up across the country and so are sales of mining equipment.

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Tools of the Trade - Maximizing What You Get For Your Jewelry Finds

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the June, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the past few years, precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum have soared to record heights that one would have not thought possible even a short while ago.
Gold has topped $1,100 an ounce, silver is floating around $17 per ounce, ... (1876 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Metal Detecting for Native Copper

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My first true experience with the red metal occurred nearly 15 years ago. I was out prospecting about an hour north of Phoenix, Arizona, with my trustee Minelab XT17000, which, at the time, was one of the best VLF metal detectors on the market. Th... (2067 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - My Best Nugget Patch Ever!

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the May, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It has been seven years since the day I found it. Seven long years since that first glint of yellow heralded the arrival of something remarkable.
I’ll admit that a lot has happened since then and not everything is as crisp as it once was.... (1637 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - On the Trail to Gold Basin

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is a place out in the desert nestled in a small valley beneath the shadow of Lake Mead.
It’s only about 80 miles from the bustle and glittering lights of Las Vegas, but this little slice of Arizona has remained virtually unchanged f... (2511 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - Our Own Worst Enemy

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the August, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The past few Tools of the Trade columns have dealt with the challenges our hobby is currently facing as well as some suggestions of things we can all do to help paint the hobby in a more positive light and be proactive in protecting its future. I ... (2033 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Preparation Is Key

By Chris Gholson
From page 32 of the February, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A loud buzz cuts through the silence causing you to jolt upright in bed. The hazy red numbers on the alarm clock read 5:30 a.m.; time to get up and go. It is a brilliant Saturday morning and you have been eagerly waiting all week long to go detect... (1995 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - Proper Target Recovery

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever heard the expression You are your own worst enemy? Unfortunately, when it comes to providing those that control access to public and private sites with reasons to restrict or prohibit the use of metal detectors, in many cases treasur... (1890 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Recycling Precious Metal...An Overlooked Form of Prospecting

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the February, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Unless you have not picked up a newspaper or turned on the television in the past six months or so, you would be hard pressed not to have noticed the meteoric rise of precious metal prices thanks to the worldwide economic woes.
When times get t... (1545 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Research Using 21st Century Techniques

By Andy Sabisch
From page 50 of the December, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting continues to gain in popularity with each passing day and, with the growing influx of new detectorists, the competition to find those elusive old coins and relics also increases. 
Over the years I have penned this column f... (2246 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Responsible Target Recovery...Protecting Areas for Future Hunters

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the past few years, the hobby has faced tougher regulations and additional restrictions on where we can search.
Unfortunately, one of the factors that has caused these limitations to be placed upon our fraternity is that, with more and mor... (1979 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Reworking the Old Nugget Patches

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“Don’t waste your time there. The club has had that claim for years and it’s been worked to death. There were a few nice nuggets found back in the late 80’s, but it has been picked clean since then. You might find a little ... (2432 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Searching for the Source: How to Loam for Nugget Patches

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Historians agree that alluvial placers like those found in and along the banks of rivers and streams were likely the very first source of gold for humans.
No one knows exactly when it happened, but at some point one of our early ancestors would... (2303 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Six Hundred Miles West of Sydney

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The three of us stood in a half circle around the back of my pickup. The tailgate was open creating a makeshift table. Across its surface were a number of parts to Doug and Sandra’s new metal detector, which I was in the process of assemblin... (2622 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Specialization & Practice Pay Off

By Andy Sabisch
From page 44 of the February, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s column is intended to provide some “food for thought” and help readers formulate a plan of attack for 2013 so that one’s finds meet or exceed expectations.
Over the decades that I have been involved in the... (1959 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Specialization & Practice Pay Off

By Andy Sabisch
From page 44 of the February, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s column is intended to provide some “food for thought” and help readers formulate a plan of attack for 2013 so that one’s finds meet or exceed expectations. 
Over the decades that I have been involved ... (1959 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Stay Local and Find More!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 46 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As spring weather approaches, treasure hunters are ready to get out and start making those finds that have been but dreams all winter.
Equipment has been readied, research conducted, and trips planned for the first opportunity where Mother Natu... (2080 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Take a Toolbox in the Field

By Andy Sabisch
From page 50 of the October, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Brian is a seasoned treasure hunter who has done his research and zeroed in on a super spot about an hour from his house that had been an old church picnic grove dating back to the late 1800’s. Some grainy photos he had come across in a local n... (4455 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - Target Recovery Tools

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the July, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the past few columns we have covered several aspects of treasure hunting that can help improve overall success in the field. Remember, the key to success comes down to basic math. How many good targets are you able to recover per hour? Selectin... (1412 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Technique, Technique, Technique

By Andy Sabisch
From page 41 of the April, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

OK, I’m sure the title of this month’s column has more than a few of you wondering what direction we will be heading over the next few pages, but I can guarantee that you will find more if you incorporate some of the tips provided.Over... (1856 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - The Very Survival of Our Hobby!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s column is a bit different than others I’ve written that have dealt with selecting new equipment, locating productive sites or preserving what you’ve found; however, it is a subject that may very well affect the very ... (1687 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Tips for Chasing Small Gold

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As the spot price of gold continues its upward climb, so does the number of people getting involved with the hobby of electronic prospecting.Metal detector manufacturers are seeing record sales not only here in the United States, but all across th... (2030 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Tips for Selling Your Gold

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the January, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I watched carefully as he sorted through my nuggets. They were spread across his kitchen table and sparkled in the morning sunshine coming through the window. The smaller pieces he seemed to ignore, but the larger nuggets did not escape his attent... (2789 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Uncovering Valuables From West Coast Beaches

By Andy Sabisch
From page 48 of the June, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In late 2011, one of my columns was entitled “Finding Coins and Other Valuables in Heavily Hunted Sites” and featured input from Bryce Brown, one of the most successful hunters out there when it comes to recovering the last remaining v... (2719 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Understand What Else is in the Ground...

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the December, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few months ago I penned a column entitled “Be Realistic In Setting Your Expectations,” that generated a great deal of positive feedback from readers.
As I discussed in that column, seeing what others find in the field can be a gre... (2165 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Understanding Gold Deposits

By Chris Gholson
From page 24 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About eight years ago while traveling through the remote Outback town of Hall’s Creek in Western Australia, I met one of the most colorful and successful, gold prospectors in the country.
John Pork, or “Porky” as the locals called him, ha... (2037 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Water Detectors: Not Just for Beach Hunting!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 41 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The heading of this month’s column may seem a bit odd at first, but, by the time you reach the final paragraph, you will see the basis for my selecting the topic and how you might be able to benefit from looking at today’s equipment with a dif... (1775 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Water Hunting

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the May, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last month’s column discussed the benefits afforded by beach and shallow water hunting; i.e., a ready source of coins and jewelry replenished on a regular basis, as well as providing some guidance on selecting a metal detector and recovery t... (1560 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - What Does The Hobby Mean to You?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A number of years ago I brought a co-worker with me to a site that dated back to the Civil War and had produced a number of memorable finds, including period relics and a sprinkling of pre-1900 coins and tokens.
Joe had recently become interest... (2048 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Why I Like Detecting the Washes

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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As I inched my way up the dry desert wash I encountered a particularly nasty spot where the vegetation had grown together forming a wall of brush.
I paused for a moment and took stock of my options. I could either push my way through the verita... (2197 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - You've Found Something New

By Andy Ssabisch
From page 47 of the October, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hopefully the tips and techniques covered in past columns (and other articles in Lost Treasure magazine) have helped you find the right locations to search, use the best techniques to search these sites and, finally, locate and recover what hopefu... (1750 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - You've Found Something...Now What?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 41 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many of my past columns have dealt with thinking out of the box in terms of where you search or how you use your equipment to ensure you find more per hour you spend in the field.
Based on the feedback I have received from many of you, the tips... (1663 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade Research

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a new year dawns&#44 treasure hunters worldwide hope this is the year they recover the goodies they have been searching for. Maybe a better detector or digging tool received over the holidays has given them the optimism that this will be th... (1614 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade Terms Of Being A Viable Hobby

By Andy Sabisch
From page 59 of the November, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several of my recent columns have dealt with the crossroads the hobby currently finds itself at in terms of being a viable hobby in the years to come. Legislation is being passed on an accelerating rate limiting where we can use our equipment and&... (1825 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade: A Beach & Shallow Water Hunting Primer

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Unless you haven’t turned on the news or opened a paper over the past several months, the phenomenal run-up of precious metal prices is something that would be hard to miss.

Looking back just two short years – to May of 2009... (2268 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade: Discriminating Tips For the Detector

By Reg Sniff
From page 29 of the November, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 This month's column is a general discussion about discrimination, what it means, and how certain conditions can influence this mode of a detector. As pointed out by Eric Foster on the PI forum, discrimination is defined to be the ability... (1598 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade: Find More By Staying Closer To Home

By Andy Sabisch
From page 29 of the December, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, it’s a known fact that there are fewer keepers in the ground than there were 30+ years ago. After all, silver coins and old artifacts are not being lost any more and detectorists have already recovered thousands. So you might start to ... (1372 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade: Looking For Treasure? Head For the Trash!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the past few years, the one comment I’ve been hearing more and more is that all of the productive sites have been long-since cleaned out and only the occasional keeper comes to light after much searching. While many of the more obvious ... (1676 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade: Our Hobby at a Crossroad...What Direction it Takes Depends on Us - Part II

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the December, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last month’s column, which presented the first part of this topic, generated a great deal of interest and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.
Most readers recognize that our hobby is clearly at a crossroad and the a... (1925 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade-promote The Hobby

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The May Tools of the Trade column discussed the challenges facing the hobby today in terms of additional restrictions on areas to search and provided a summary of some things we as individuals, clubs and as a whole can do to ensure we have open ... (2045 Total Words)

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Topaz Collecting In Western Utah

By Larry Ream
From page 23 of the February, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Topazthe word brings to mind a beautiful sparkling gem transmit-ting rays of golden sunlight stored in its depths eons ago, a precious stone most people might dream about but few could ever hope to collect. For-tunately for those who are intereste... (1864 Total Words)

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