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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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Where To Find Gold

By Earl R. Smith
From page 65 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold isnt necessarily where most people look. If you are planning a weekend trip with your gold pan or metal detector, dont be misled by other gold seekers who may have less knowledge about gold than you do.

I do not consider myself an expe... (637 Total Words)

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Where To Locate Lost Alaskan Caches

By James Mulkey
From page 56 of the March, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As you may have discovered, published tales of lost treasures in Alaska are few and far between. Unlike the continental states, Alaska has no stories of outlaws holding up banks and stagecoaches. Fewer still are stories of lost mines and tales of ... (1513 Total Words)

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Where To Look For Gold Without Any Tools!

By Andy Maslowski
From page 20 of the April, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You don't need a metal detector, pick and shovel, or gold pan to find some kinds of treasure. Well, maybe you do if you want to keep them for yourself. But if you just want to see some treasure without this hardware, you have to visit a museum or ... (1065 Total Words)

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Where To Look For Placer Gold In Arizona

By Maurice Kildare
From page 42 of the December, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The old man looked into his pan and suddenly let out a yell that echoed through Trappman Gulch. His squall startled nearby picnickers from Prescott who had come to Granite Creek for a Sunday outing.

Perhaps they thought he had gone crazy, f... (4617 Total Words)
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Where To Pan For Gold In Oregon

By Leroy Tillery
From page 41 of the December, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Raw gold can be found in almost all streams of southern Oregon, a fact which makes the area an excellent place for the be-ginning prospector to do his first panning.
A shovel and a gold pan are the only items of equipment actually needed for r... (184 Total Words)

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Where To Prospect For Gold In Alaska By Ron Wendt, Civil War States Of The Mid-west 1862 By Sgt. William Smith, Advanced Prospecting & Detecting For Hardrock Gold By Jim Straight, Where To Detect In Centeral Florida By Harry Rainey

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 52 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Guide to hassle-free recreational gold prospecting in Alaska
On your way to Alaska this year? Better take a look at Ron Wendts latest, Where to Prospect for Gold in Alaska Without Getting Shot! Ron gives details on where to pan, dredge, detect... (1288 Total Words)
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Where's Lafitte's Loot Buried?

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 8 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre came to the New World from their native France and settled initially on a Caribbean island. There is a story that Jean Lafitte was married, but that a Spanish warship captured the vessel Lafitte and his wife wer... (1288 Total Words)

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Where's the Lost Treasure?

By Tom Vance
From page 60 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Donald J. Autera Jr., who has been an avid reader of Lost Treasure for about a year and a half, finds himself in a pickle. While talking to many long-time residents of his county (Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, located in Schuylkill County), he can&rsq... (1478 Total Words)

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Whiskey Run

By B.G. Revis
From page 60 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Panning gold on an ocean beach? You bet, and it was common in Oregon 100 or so years ago in the rich, black sands at a place called Whiskey Run. When the news of the strike broke there was a real gold rush on the Oregon beaches and over a 1,000 pr... (1394 Total Words)

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White's - Prizm Iv

By Joe Patrick
From page 44 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It's been a while since I've had an opportunity to field test a White's metal detector. So, you can well imagine my excitement when I was asked to conduct a test of their new, compact, Prizm IV. For months, I had been hearing rumors of a new light... (1481 Total Words)

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White's 5900/di Pro

By Jack Reid
From page 32 of the November, 1986 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1986 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Field testing the new White's 5900/Di Professional Series metal detector was like renewing an old and trusted friendship.
I've had access to a 6000/Di Series 3 off and on since 1984, and the main difference I found in the two detectors was pric... (2162 Total Words)
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White's Coinmaster 6000/di Pro

By Jim Martin
From page 38 of the April, 1986 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1986 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The "hands-on" portion of my field test mission with the White's 6000/Di Professional proved so pleasing I readily admit I had a difficult time settling down at my desk to accomplish the actual writing. My reaction to this top-of-the-line member o... (2643 Total Words)

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White's Eagle

By Jack Reid
From page 52 of the August, 1987 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1987 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One day last October, a friend who collaborates with me and I were en-route from Expo 86 in Vancouver, B.C., to California. By invitation we made a detour to Sweet Home, Oregon, where we spent a wonderful and instructive day visiting the Whites El... (3539 Total Words)

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White's Eagle Ii

By Jack Reid
From page 22 of the November, 1988 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1988 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The original White's Eagle, introduced in 1987, was revolutionary; the new Eagle II is evolutionary. It's the result of almost a year's worth of extensive field use of the Eagle I.
Though the two instruments at first glance appear to be identi... (3295 Total Words)

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White's Electronics 6000 Pro Xl

By Joe Patrick
From page 44 of the July, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As I slowly search the face of a steep, wooded hillside 200 feet above the main entrance to the old campsite the detector suddenly gives a distinct audio signal. Glancing at the ID meter, it is solidly locked-on at DIME. I am confident the meter i... (1604 Total Words)

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Whites Electronics Beach Hunter Id

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

I have been an avid water hunter since the early 1970&#39s when several of us started hunting the beaches surrounding New York City. It was an exciting time since competition was virtually non-existent and finds were plentiful. However&#44... (1599 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Classic I.d.x. Metal Detector

By Joe Patrick
From page 18 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It has been about a year and a half since my last field test of a Whites metal detector. At that time, I had an opportunity to test the new Quantum II and was blown away by its performance, ease of use and overall accuracy. Even my two detecting p... (1450 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Classic Idx Pro

By Andy Sabisch
From page 14 of the June, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ive been treasure hunting for just over 37 years and, to really date myself, the first real metal detector I used, other than the $50 BFOs you could order from the back of a Popular Mechanics magazine, was an early White's Coinmaster bought used a... (1777 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Dfx

By Joe Patrick
From page 36 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is said, good things come to those who wait, and for many Whites metal detector users and customers, who have been eagerly awaiting Whites new multifrequency metal detector, the wait is over! The new, dual-frequency, model DFX is now available ... (1710 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Gmt Goldmaster

By Chris Gholson
From page 24 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whites Electronics, a name known throughout the gold prospecting community, has been manufacturing metal detectors for nearly 55 years. The success of their 4900, Eagle, and Goldmaster series machines has earned them a solid reputation among nugge... (2062 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Matrix M6

By Andy Sabisch
From page 11 of the April, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whites Electronics has been one of the leaders in the metal detecting industry since the 1950s when its founders, Ken & Olive White, started building Geiger counters for the people out searching for Uranium at the start of the Cold War. When t... (2198 Total Words)

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Whites Electronics Prizm 6t

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whites Electronics has worldwide name recognition when it comes to a company that has been producing quality metal detection equipment for more than 50 years!
The latest addition to their extensive line is the Prism 6T which, while sharing the... (2219 Total Words)

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Whites Electronics Prizm V Field Test

By Joe Patrick
From page 36 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few months ago, I had a chance to try out White's new lightweight Prizm IV metal detector. All in all, I found it to be an excellent-performing and easy to operate metal detector with a good 'mix' of features for its reasonable price.Building on... (1903 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Quantum Ii Metal Detector

By Joe Patrick
From page 15 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Is there anyone who has never heard of Whites metal detectors? It always amazes me that the first name most people outside of our hobby mention, when the subject of metal detectors comes up, is Whites!

Its no wonder Whites Electronics of S... (1517 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Spectra V3

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the July, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

White’s Electronics is a metal detector manufacturer that needs no introduction. In operation for almost 60 years, they have developed the reputation of building quality equipment with enviable dependability which has often been standard set... (2556 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Spectrum XLT

By Joe Patrick
From page 14 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

IMPRESSIVE! Yes&#44 this was my initial thought as I held and &#39played&#39 with White&#39s new compact&#44 lightweight&#44 Spectrum XLT metal detector for the first time.

Here&#44 I thought&#44 is a metal ... (1550 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Surfmaster P.I.

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the October, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

White's Electronics was one of the first companies to produce a fully-submersible metal detector called the Surfmaster TR back in the 1970s. In 1981 they re­leased the P1-1000, their first pulse-type detector, which quickly became the detector... (3079 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Surfmaster P.I. Pro

By Andy Sabisch
From page 26 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

White's Electronics is probably the world's best known metal detector manufacturer and that reputation was earned over the past 60+ years by producing equipment that did what it was advertised to dofind treasure! White's was also one of the first ... (1553 Total Words)

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White's Electronics Surmaster P.I. Pro

By Andy Sabisch
From page 25 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

White's Electronics Surfmaster P.I. Pro

For more than 35 years, water hunting has been one of my favorite forms of treasure hunting. I started searching fresh water lakes and ocean beaches around New York City in the early 1970s, and while ... (1770 Total Words)

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White's Liberty Di

By Jack Reid
From page 46 of the January, 1987 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1987 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The hands-on part of my field test was a rewarding experience that yielded 13 coins dated between 1851 and 1910, plus a silver nugget, as well as numerous very old artifacts. Over half the coins came from a site that I and others had searched befo... (2331 Total Words)

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White's Mxt

By Andy Sabisch
From page 37 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Whites Electronics has been a leading manufacturer in the metal detecting industry for more than 55 years and over that time, has developed the reputation of a company producing quality detectors making impressive finds around the world. Recently the... (2116 Total Words)
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White's Sl Series Of Detectors

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 26 of the August, 1989 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1989 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

N ew for 1989, the SL series are the latest additions to Whites line of detectors. Developed by introducing distinctively new features into the already proven Eagle II, 6000/DI Pro Plus, and the 5900/DI Pro Plus, the new detectors in the Sl series... (3777 Total Words)

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White's Spectrum Target Id Detector

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 8 of the November, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Spectrum is a proud display of how far Whites Electronics mi­croprocessor controlled detectors have come in such a short time. Al­though the predecessors of this in­strument did have many features that could be adjusted just by pus... (2881 Total Words)

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Who Discovered California?

By Gary Hinkley
From page 16 of the June, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dr. Joseph Markey turned the ancient skull over in his hands slowly, puzzled. It was toothless and had no roots for the teeth. This suggested scurvy. This couldn't be an Indian skull native to southern California, because the native Indians didn't... (1511 Total Words)

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Who Were the Knights of the Golden Circle?

By Craig E. Redick
From page 36 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Head:
Treasure or Tools of Treason?Lead In:
Fierce supporters in the fight for Southern independence, the Knights of the
Golden Circle left behind a legacy of treason, treasure and unfinished dreams.The Treasure:
Gold, silver, arms and... (2203 Total Words)

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Who's Knocking At My Door?

By John H. Murrell
From page 16 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It doesnt always pay to open your front door. The home invasion crime, far from being an isolated incident of crime, is wide spread as seen by the various papers across the country carrying large and small articles on such crimes. The common threa... (1187 Total Words)

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Who's Minding The Mint?

By James E. Mulkey Jr.
From page 23 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One minute, the guy guarding 38 bars of gold steps inside to get warm. The next minute, eight bars have vanished. It just makes you wonder...

In the southern reaches of Arizonas Bradshaw Mountains, in that states most rugged territory, lies... (1240 Total Words)

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Who's Who In Treasure Hunting? Sue Wright!

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 29 of the July, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hard Working Defender of Our Cause Treasure Seeker on the Search of a Lifetime.
Sue Wright stares quietly out her office window. She seems far away and in fact, her mind is about a thousand miles from her Washington state home. She is in Ne... (1463 Total Words)

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Whose Treasure Is It Anyway?

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 50 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Return to Victorio Peak
So Victorio took back that which belonged to the Apache god and returned it to its rightful place in the bowels of the earth. There, amongst the treasures stolen from the Spanish by his forefathers, Victorio deposited h... (3059 Total Words)

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Why Bother: A Teen's Perspective Of The Hobby

By John Apple
From page 47 of the March, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detecting is a great hobby, especially for younger ones. Why should the younger generation get into the hobby of metal detecting?When I was younger, I used to dream about finding a cache, but I never gave up that dream. During the summer of ... (499 Total Words)

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Why Do I Metal Detect?

By Tom Sparks
From page 36 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I am often asked that question. My answer depends on who is asking. At times I simply reply that I metal detect because I enjoy it. On other occasions I might mention the benefits of fresh air and exercise and go on to explain that it is not an ex... (912 Total Words)

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Why Do We Do It?

By Jason Tower
From page 62 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mention to someone who doesn’t know you well that you’re a treasure hunter and notice the reaction.  Chances are there will be puzzled looks and maybe a chuckle or two.
Treasure hunting is an unusual and rare activity.  It... (526 Total Words)

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Why Do We Treasure the Hunt?

By Bill G. Revis
From page 36 of the January, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We sit around all winter with the walls closing in on us hoping for a sunny day or temperatures we can handle so we can grab the detector and get out there after it. We think about it, dream about it, and the minute it happens we are gone.

... (1573 Total Words)

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Why Go Ghost Towning?

By James E. Mulkey
From page 24 of the February, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What can possibly be of interest to detectorists in a ghost town? Of course you may already know the answer. In addition to gold nuggets, it’s possible find old coins, tokens issued by merchants, a cache of high-graded gold ore, household relics... (2133 Total Words)

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Why Not Invent Something

By Jay Pastor
From page 16 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Snowy winters or rainy summers arent boring to treasure hunters who try to develop their ability to think up new devices. Its an activity that can be done anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and needs no equipment other than possibly a pen and notebook... (1571 Total Words)

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Why The Quest For Music City Continues

By James W. Spiers
From page 12 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The quest for my personal El Dorado began in the summer of 1971. Even though the final chapter of this quest has yet to be written, I have learned much about myself and how to search for lost ghost towns.

It all started during the summer be... (1843 Total Words)

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Wild About Wheaties: Consider the Return On This Coin

By Mary Garratti
From page 56 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I’ve recovered over 1,000 wheaties during my 20 years of metal detecting and I’m wild about them. Designed by Victor D. Brenner, the Lincoln cent was first minted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President A... (1182 Total Words)

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Wild Bunch Wannabe

By Jack Rhoads
From page 59 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gunplay Maxwells Golden Eagle Cache
Stubbornly they pushed on. It was almost dusk when Allens group came upon Maxwell, stretched out and panting on a sandbank. He was dog-tired and nearly cut to ribbons by thorn patches and needle-sharp cacti ... (2648 Total Words)

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Winged Liberty Head

By Ariel Joy
From page 21 of the March, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1915, it was decided by the Secretary of the Treasury that Charles Barber’s designs for the minor silver coinage (the dime, quarter and half dollar) were tired and that it was time for a change. An open competition was held and, since the... (1187 Total Words)

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Winter - A Season of Healing and Growth

By Jay Pastor
From page 34 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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 correcti... (1103 Total Words)

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