Money Talk - The Guide Book Professional Edition

By Frank Colletti
From page 60 of the April, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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As many of you know, I am a collector of the Whitman publications "The Guide Book of United States Coins," [more commonly known as the "Red Book"] and the "Handbook of United States Coins," [usually called the "Blue Book"].The Guide Book has been published since 1947 and the Handbook since 1942.The major difference is that the Guide Book is a retail price guide and the Handbook is a wholesale price guide.The Guide Book (especially) contains tons of information and data that could take you years to accumulate, if you could even find the data anywhere else.Each coin design is described, including metal content, designer, and relevant historical data.If you wanted to do a study of which coins have moved in price over the years, there is no better way



In Quest of Treasure

By John C. Fine
From page 27 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Ocean Lady rolled easily with light swells created by passing traffic in the Miami River as it was being fitted out at the Jones Boatyard.
The former University of Delaware research vessel had crisp lines and new yellow and green paint.
The crew was making final preparations to leave after months of planning and installation of customized treasure detecting equipment.
The vessel was loaded with electronics and search gear.
It would leave on a journey of discovery and adventure; the next port of call? Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
"Our first objective is to find a mystery ship on the Navidad Bank. There was testimony in 1688 that a galleon was seen there.



The Mt. Horeb Mine

By Art Redman
From page 32 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Twelve-year-old David Smith immigrated to Oregon from Missouri with his parents in 1852. He later obtained a map showing the purported location of a gold ledge on an unnamed butte lying a few miles south of the Little North Santiam River near Elkhorn.



Winter - A Season of Healing and Growth

By Jay Pastor
From page 34 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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If you dread the winter (particularly as a new detectorist), you can turn this confining season into something positive by welcoming it as a sort of hospital stay rather than as a term in prison.
By devoting this otherwise idle time to correcting problems you’ve encountered while out in the field, you stand a good chance of emerging into the spring sunlight a much better treasure hunter than you were when the snows first started to fall.
Begin by making up a list of things that bother you on your treasure hunts.
You can do this the best way, as soon as they happen, or later on from memory.
Was there anything about your detector that didn’t work the way you would have liked it to perform?



Coin Shooting Inside and Outside the Box

By Chris Wilkinson
From page 39 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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The scene is a lovely Sunday morning in late spring and, as usual, I woke up with coin shooting on my mind. After reviewing my detecting notebook over morning coffee, I decided to hit a site I hadn’t been to since late last summer. An old school built in 1937 where I’d found a few Indian Head Cents, an 1819 Large Cent, several dozen Wheat Back Cents, but never a single silver coin.During the hour-long drive, I planned out my strategy for the day, trying to figure out how I might put an end to my silver coin drought. I remembered a small area I had hit pretty hard where I found a handful of "Wheats" the last time I hunted the schoolyard.



State Treasures - Mississippi

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 41 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Samuel Mason, Land
Pirate of the Natchez Trace
CLAIRBOURNE COUNTY – Much of the early history and old legends told of the Natchez Trace about battles, cached treasures, outlaws and the excessive violence they employed to get their dirty work accomplished has been passed from generation to generation.
One such outlaw was Samuel Mason and his gang, who robbed and murdered travelers, freighters, and westbound immigrants along the Trace for almost 13 years.
Samuel Mason, also spelled Meason, (1739-1803) was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1739 and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia. He served as captain of the militia in Ohio County, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), during the American Revolution.



Tools of the Trade - Detecting Around Drywash Patches

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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I can clearly remember the first time I encountered a drywashing patch while out prospecting in the desert north of Phoenix, Arizona. At that point, I was still just a teenager and a true greenhorn.
I had learned the basics from my father, but I was a far cry from an expert when it came to sniffing out gold. Fortunately, I befriended an older gentleman that had spent a great many years searching for the yellow metal.
He had started metal detecting back in the 70’s and had plucked many ounces of nuggets from all over the western United States.
He took a liking to me and agreed that, if I would do the driving and carry our gear, he would teach me what he could about the art of electronic prospecting.



Civic Patrol - The Spring Break Adventure

By Celine Buffett
From page 47 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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This issue's story comes from Don Frick and is told in his own words.
It was that time of year again, spring break on Florida beaches, a potentially rewarding time for a metal detectorist.
Spring break is a time when parents with elementary school children, high school boys and girls, and college kids come by the thousands to the beach to party, play, and soak up the sunrays of springtime.
They bring with them watches, class rings, earrings and other jewelry, often items just purchased for this occasion.
Teens come from all over the country, but most come from the southeastern states and often arrive in groups by the carload.
They begin showing up on the beaches about 10 a.m. daily and come and go throughout the day.



State Treasures - Minnesota

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 50 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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$100,000 Remains Missing
OLMSTED–FILMORE COUNTIES – January 17, 1934, was a bitter cold morning in St. Paul. Inside the Bremer mansion, the morning unfolded like any other, with hot coffee and breakfast.
As Edward G. Bremer, Jr., President of the St. Paul Commercial Bank and heir to the president of the Schmidt Brewing Company, prepared for another day at the bank, his nine-year-old daughter, Betty, was getting dressed for school.
As was their daily routine, after breakfast Bremer would drive his daughter to school. Right on time, the two pulled out of their driveway at 92 North Mississippi River Blvd. in Mr. Bremer’s black Lincoln, turned south onto Cretin Avenue South, then east onto West Summit Avenue.



The Lost Tungsten Deposits

By Joe Meis
From page 52 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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No other metal mimics gold better than tungsten. Not found in the earth in its pure state, it’s found only in a few, rare minerals. The best source of tungsten is the mineral Scheelite that is composed of calcium and tungsten.This ore mineral is named after Karl (sometimes shown as Carl) Wilhelm Scheele, a Swedish chemist who found, in 1781, that the mineral contained an acid he named Tungsten. When heated with carbon, it produced metallic tungsten.Tungsten is also found in Wolframite, and with manganese and iron. Tungsten ore is mainly found in China. Other countries that produce it are the U.S., Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain, and Southern Rhodesia.In the U.S., the main production states are California, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona.



Metal Detector Field Test & Review - The Garrett AT Pro

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Anyone that has been involved with metal detecting for any length of time will have undoubtedly heard the name Garrett.Garrett has done wonderful things for the industry in four decades by supplying quality detectors and through their efforts to help promote the hobby. Their products have been responsible for finding millions of dollars worth of ancient coins, relics, jewelry and gold nuggets, and are revered by treasure seekers.In addition to the hand-held products, Garrett produces a range of detectors for use in security screening, crime scene investigation and for military de-mining operations.



A Remarkable History & Tantalizing Possibilities

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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No single event influenced the course of Colorado’s history more than the 1858 discovery of gold in what is now Denver. Camps and settlements sprung up overnight, and continued to spring up for more than half a century as new veins of gold were discovered in the state’s mountains.One of these boomtown settlements was Alta, a ghost town with a remarkable history and where tantalizing possibilities for uncovering gold still exists.For millennia, gold dust had washed out of the rugged mountains and accumulated at the mouths of streambeds. In May 1858, William Russell, a prospector from Georgia, discovered a rich deposit of this dust in Cherry Creek in present-day Denver. The rush was on.Throngs of gold seekers - estimated at 50,000 people - came to Colorado in 1858-59 alone.



Questions & Answers

By Jimmy Dion
From page 59 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Hi,...This is a knife I found metal detecting between Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, Florida, in April 2010.I was detecting an old mangrove that was reclaimed by a dozer for new construction.The knife was found about 100’ from the water and buried almost a foot deep. After getting it opened a little, I noticed the blade was thinner than most and sharp as a razor.



How To Find Buried Confederate Gold

By Albert Atwell
From page 11 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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From a mass of traditional lore pertaining to quantities of gold, ranging from $1 to $6 million rumored to have been removed from the Confederate Treasury in Richmond and buried in North Carolina in the spring of 1865, one story that appears to bear the evidence of authenticity may now be accepted without reservation or skepticism.Vouching for the story are two Greensboro citizens who enjoy the confidence of the town in which they were born and in which they have lived more than three quarters of a century.They are Mrs. Matilda Hill Alford, who is 79 years of age, and her brother, Charles Eugene Eckel, who is 77.The gold was buried at "Rosa Villa," the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs.



Exploring Historic Hostels

By Launa D. Simmons
From page 62 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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The dictionary defines a hostel as “supervised lodging for travelers.” It’s been many years since hostels were popular in this country. Nowadays, we prefer to call them “bed and breakfasts” or simply “inns.”
In the days of old, the weary traveler would often take lodging and food at hostels scattered throughout this country.
Many people were happy to open their homes to travelers, as it provided much-needed income, especially during the Great Depression.
Turning a home into a hostel was also a popular way for a widowed or otherwise single mother to provide for her children. It was a way for her to put food on the table and stay at home with her children.



Brother XII Cult Treasure Still Missing

By T.J. Davidson
From page 16 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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"I am the Messenger of Fire, the Messenger of the Whirlwind, the Messenger of the Day of Adjustment. By the Wind ye shall mount to the Heavens - if ye be the children of discernment. But as for the stubborn and the deaf and the blind, the Wind of Destruction shall carry them away." - Brother XII, from his book, The Three Truths.Seventy-five years have passed since the death of cult leader Edward Arthur Wilson. Today, few know his name, but, more than his name, many Canadians know of the legend of his lost treasure, a reported $400,000 in gold that many believe remains buried in the vicinity of his island fortress on De Courcy Island.So how did this broke Englishman rise to power to become such a wealthy man?



Garrett AT Pro Field Test

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Anyone that has been involved with metal detecting for any length of time will have undoubtedly heard the name Garrett. Founded by Charles Garrett and his wife, Eleanor, the Texasbased company has been supplying metal detection equipment since 1964.Garrett has done wonderful things for the industry in the past four decades by not only supplying quality detectors, but also through their ongoing efforts to help promote the hobby itself.



State Treasures - New Jersey

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 18 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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Ancient Treasure
Found at Mantoloking
OCEAN COUNTY – On October 9, 1949, the New York Times ran a story about ancient treasure being found along the beach near Mantoloking. The treasure recovered included “eighteenth century coins plus some ancient articles of jewelry.”
Recoveries occurred on the sands along the beach and, while the origin of the treasure was unknown, it is assumed that an ancient shipwreck was the source.
Since annual storms are known to resupply the beach every year with flotsam from the ocean floor, this would be a good place to work with a detector after large storms.



The Saddle Tramp

By Connie Vigil Platt
From page 20 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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This is a story that was told to the author by her uncle.
Colorado has a long tradition of cowboys, outlaws and ranching.
The area I will tell about was far enough away from civilization to be considered remote and desolate.
There were plenty of places where a bandit could hide; the canyons kept their secrets.
The entire country was hit hard during the depression of the 1930’s. Southern Colorado and the ranching industry particularly felt the strain.
I felt I was extremely lucky to have a job doing what I knew best, and that was being a cowboy.



How To Find Yellow Marble

By Pat Hughes
From page 23 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
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What do Florida in the U.S. and Mount Everest, the highest (and still growing) spot in the world, share? They both started their existence on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, over 445 million years ago. It is also interesting to note that on the top of Everest is a rock that was considered more valuable and more rare than gold by the ancient people. The famous yellow band seen just below the summit on Mount Everest is yellow marble. And finding these rocks can be an exciting adventure!Marble is an ancient sedimentary rock in a highly metamorphosed form. What that means is that ancient limestone and dolomites were squeezed so tightly that the heat and pressure altered the gray rock into the highly prized stone, marble. Marble is not a mineral, but a stone.