Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 56 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Our first Civic Patrol story this month comes from Dean “Deano” Ricker, President of the Siouxland Metal Detecting and Archeological Club (SMDAC). The unique adventure is best told in Dean’s own words.
He said, "I would like to start by saying that this is as much a story of a friendship that has been forged through the hobby of metal detecting as much as it is about the final and most unusual hunt of our first season hunting together.
"I am the president of our local metal detecting club and I met Ray Turner at one of the monthly SMDAC meetings.



Detecting Terminology 101

By Carla Banning
From page 5 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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After recently answering several questions from detectorists that are new to the hobby, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some basic detecting terminology. For all those new to these terms or just needing a refresher course, here are the basics:
Air Test. The procedure of testing the sensitivity or depth capability of an instrument by passing a target past the search coil with both suspended in open air.
All Metal Mode. One of two modes of a typical detector that detects all forms of metal and some rocks.
Auto Tuning. Also called automatic tuning, this is a feature associated with the all-metal mode, which utilizes special electronics that have the specific function of trying to keep the audio signal level at a constant volume.



Questions & Answers

By Jimmy Dion
From page 59 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Could you provide a reference I could go to as to the cans and cannots of hunting for gold and minerals on Federal Lands?

Dave Hanning
Via e-mail



Greatest Silver Mine of All Time

By Yvonne Addario
From page 64 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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In 1544, a peasant happened upon some shiny ore on the side of the hill and showed it to his friends, who agreed it was silver.
Delighted, but not surprised, those few men in this remote desert town quietly dug the first claim.
They were oblivious to the strong-armed grasp of the encroaching and voracious European conquistadors. But the secret was not to be kept.
The invading Spaniards soon heard of this place called Potosí, a sleepy riverside town of a few hundred farmers and llama herders.
First the soldiers, then the bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, merchants, and slave traders invaded Potosí.



How To: The Real Scoop on Digging Targets

By Tom Vance
From page 14 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Because I’ve been metal detecting since 1965, I’ve seen a lot of changes in our hobby.
Having owned and hunted with a large variety of well-known brands of detectors I have found myself with a changing attitude through the years.
Not only have I used a variety of detectors, but I’ve also gone through a wide variety of diggers and methods of target recovery.
Now, just like all good coin and cache hunters, I began my target recovery using the plain, old, fixed blade sheath knife.
The first one I started with was an inexpensive (less than $10) weapon that attached to my belt and could be carried there without fear of losing it.



Carolyn Bouldin - Treasure Seeking in Chatham - Unknown Wreck at the Triple Centennial

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 36 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Chatham, Massachusetts, is celebrating its triple centennial...300+ years since its formal beginning.
The town was originally settled in 1656, with William and Anne Busby Nickerson as the primary settlers, yet incorporation took place in 1712.
Chatham began as a farming community yet deep sea fishing was always predominant.
The area comprises about 17 square miles at the hook or elbow of historic Cape Cod, a haven for tourists and summer residents.
This lovely, picturesque seaside New England village has water on three sides and a temperate climate.
A town meeting format governs Chatham, with five (part-time) selectmen and a town manager.



The Second Find of a Lifetime

By Greg King
From page 32 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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While eating out with my family recently, I received a call from a friend, Gary Anderson, who I sometimes detect with.
He was calling to let me know of a site he had been digging silver coins from. I had already planned to deer hunt with my son and grandson the following morning, however, Mother Nature placed a damper on those plans, as we woke up to a mild steady rain!
The rain began to move out later in the morning so I decided I would go down and check on the site my friend told me about.
I called Gary and he was working until 12, so I asked him what specific area at the site he was finding the silver coins. I had started searching the area, as I like to dig relics as much as I like digging silver and older coins.



Backyard Treasures

By Geno Lawrenzi, Jr.
From page 9 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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As my old friend David Molina would have asked, “Who would have thunk it?”
There I was, covered with drywall dust and tearing the plaster loose from an old house my brother and brother-in-law were renovating.
They had bought the ugly structure for $18,000 with a loan from their bank in West Newton, Pennsylvania. 
Needing a laborer to do the “donkey work,” as my clever younger brother put it, they hired me at an hourly rate to help do the physical work.
And physical work it was! We hammered, ripped walls and ceilings apart, replaced old drywall with new insulating material and tore up the floor. The work was hard and back-breaking, but strangely invigorating.



Beach Combing on the Great Lakes

By Patricia Kerr
From page 64 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Paula Matheson of the Plummer Additional Township in northern Ontario is a newbie to the world of lost treasure hunting, but her first year has proved successful because she is experienced with the water level fluctuations on the Great Lakes.
“I’m so happy!” she laughs. “Where’s my shovel?” and she’s heading back out searching the sand around their home on the north shore of Lake Huron.
Matheson points out the various landmarks around her home. The area east of her home is completely dry and covered in tall weeds.
“That’s where my kids swam when they were little. It was only about 3 feet deep at that time. So it was safer for them to paddle around.”



Money Talk - Those Special Barber Half Dollars

By Frank Colletti
From page 53 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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In a previous column we discussed the set of Barber half dollars. As you may remember, this design, issued from 1892 to 1915, was designed by Charles Barber.
Even in his day, Barber was not considered to be an especially talented designer.
As a result, not many collectors of the day desired to amass a nice high grade set of Barber (also called Liberty Head) half dollars.
However, this is today and, over the course of the past 10 to 15 years, these Barber half dollars have become more appreciated every year.
There are many high priced Barber half dollars, especially the mint marked pieces in the early years of 1892 and 1893 plus 1896 and 1897.
However, they all have mintages ranging from a low of 390,000 to a high of well over one million pieces produced.



Finding Long Lost Sites

By Michael Haer
From page 6 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Detecting farm fields is my favorite form of hunting; the only downfall is half the year or longer they are planted, but if I could I would be metal detecting fields all year long.
Most of my best finds have come from field sites and the best part of it is, with a little bit of research, there are an unlimited amount of places to hunt.
When I first started overlaying maps here in Ohio, I was amazed at how many houses, barns, taverns, mills and even towns that are no longer standing, some being gone for a hundred plus years! 



The Ghost Town of Glenville

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the earliest years of the 19th century, the vast forests of Ontario, Canada’s, York Region lured industrious men into the wilderness in search of their fortunes.
These men scoured the area for suitable sawmill sites and, once they located one, began vigorously cutting down trees.
Timber was gold at the time, and in particular pine, which was used as masts for the Royal Navy.
The forgotten hamlet of Glenville was one of many communities in Ontario that owed its original existence to a sawmill.
It lived and died largely with the lumber industry, and today is a ghost town tantalizingly close to Toronto and yet completely free of the development that has swept the region over the past two centuries.



Prospecting for Gold in the Northeastern United States

By Andy Sabisch
From page 15 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Gold has played an integral role in the development and expansion of the United States since the 1700’s.
The first U.S. gold rush started when 12-year-old Conrad Reed was fishing in the creek on his family’s farm near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1799 and found a 17-pound gold nugget.
Mining activities dominated the surrounding area for decades and millions of dollars worth of gold was recovered.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. Government opened a little-known mint in Charlotte in 1837 to process the gold being mined locally and produced gold coins bearing the “C” mintmark.
It remained in operation until the Civil War broke out and, over its short lifetime, produced more than $5,000,000 in gold coins! 



A White's & Precision Dredge Adventure

By Gerry Edwards
From page 20 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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On November 16, 2011, I got a call from my dear friend who owns Savana Engineering and Precision Dredge companies. He wanted to know if I would go
to Africa as his Operations Manager. I did not even hesitate with my answer and responded, “When am I leaving?”
I would specifically be going to Sierra Leone to mine for diamonds and gold. 
I was to teach other companies the feasibility of recovering the fine gold from the Baffi River. It’s all history now, as my first trip lasted three months.
Soon February 2012 rolled around and I had the necessary immunizations and visas for Sierra Leone, along with a good supply of malaria pills.



Beach Combing on the Great Lakes

By Patricia Kerr
From page 64 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Paula Matheson of the Plummer Additional Township in northern Ontario is a newbie to the world of lost treasure hunting, but her first year has proved successful because she is experienced with the water level fluctuations on the Great Lakes.
“I’m so happy!” she laughs. “Where’s my shovel?” and she’s heading back out searching the sand around their home on the north shore of Lake Huron.
Matheson points out the various landmarks around her home. The area east of her home is completely dry and covered in tall weeds.
“That’s where my kids swam when they were little. It was only about 3 feet deep at that time. So it was safer for them to paddle around.”



How To Boost Your Coin Shooting Enthusiasm

By Tom Vance
From page 24 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Visiting with long-time treasure hunter Tommy Walls, I asked him if there was one particular find he prized more than anything else in his valuable collection of coin shooting finds.
Without batting an eye, he quickly answered, “Yes, I guess there is. That would be an 1892 “O” dime I found down in Alabama.”
I was interviewing Tommy in his home in Mannford, Oklahoma, about his many years as an avid coin hunter.
He had worked for the same steel company I had retired from in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He continued with his recollection of finding that most valuable dime.



Questions & Answers

By Jimmy Dion
From page 42 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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(There is a) possible gold or silver bullion ship in Lake Michigan. Any further information on it?
Thanks,
Jon MacVean, Via e-mail



State Treasure - Illinois

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 27 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Lost Treasures of Burrows Cave
RICHLAND COUNTY - The Burrows Cave mystery has been at the center of controversy for decades.
During April 1982, Russell Burrows claimed he was walking in the countryside near Olney when he discovered a cave that he proceeded to explore.
Inside the cave, Burrows claimed he found perhaps thousands of carved stones bearing figures of deities, humans and ships, as well as letters or text of an unknown origin.
Burrows Cave involves two highly polarized camps.



'Lucky' Dog Uncovers Rebel Cache

By Ellsworth Boyd
From page 36 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Twelve-year-old Tommy Baldwin wanted to call his dog “Lucky,” but his father, Maurice, had another name in mind.
So they agreed to flip a coin and Maurice won.
He named the puppy “Chester,” a fitting nomenclature for what grew into a 125-lb. Chesapeake Bay retriever with huge paws and a yen to dig.
Indigenous to the Middle-Atlantic states, Maryland in particular, “Chesapeakes” are popular water dogs. Many a duck hunter has praised his retriever when it stubbornly stayed its course and refused to return without the feathery quarry in its mouth.
Most Chesapeakes would prefer to drown in retrieval mode rather than disappoint their masters.



State Treasures - Tennessee

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 39 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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The Wenten Farm Treasure
COFFEE COUNTY - Cefe Wenten owned a prosperous farm near Hillsboro around the time of the Civil War.
Wenten was outspoken about his distrust of banks and it was common knowledge to the locals that the man buried his money in nail kegs somewhere on the farm.
This had been Wenten’s manner for years.
The bloody Brixie gang moved into the area in 1864 and they were known to plunder those who crossed their path.
The Brixie boys heard through the grapevine that Wenten was a wealthy farmer who secreted his money in the ground on his farm.
One evening the Brixie boys forced entry into the Wenten home and grabbed the farmer from his bed.