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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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Xe Ranch Gold Long Henry's Bank Robbery Haul

By Billy Taggert
From page 68 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Buried near the old T.W. Enrights XE Ranch is a fortune in minted coins taken from the R.P. Lewis bank in 1895 by the Long Henry Gang

During the early 1880s -1890s herds of cattle were driven into Bannack, Castle City, Elkhorn and untold Mo... (2778 Total Words)

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X-terra 50

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the January, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

By: Andy Sabisch

Minelab Electronics has earned the reputation of a company that designs radically new detector circuitry rather than simply taking an existing circuit, tweaking it a little and giving it a new model name. Since Minelab's fo... (2161 Total Words)

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Y2k And More

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
With all the hoopla concerning the Y2K problems that may occur, I have decided I have to address this issue from a treasure hunters perspective. A word of caution is in order, though, this monthly column does contain some logical information that is ... (1585 Total Words)
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Yamashita's Gold Part I

By Tim Casey
From page 38 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The greatest treasure of all the Yamashita hoard in the Philip­pines is not merely a single treasure. Instead, it is over 170 caches, 34 be­ing on ships purposely sunken in the islands offshore waters during World War II. It is difficult t... (1662 Total Words)

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Yamashita's Gold Part Ii

By Tim Casey
From page 48 of the October, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Our research into the strange tales entangled with Yamashita s gold is reminiscent of the old Terry and the Pirates comic strip, it leads us to visualize a double-crossing game with such movie heavies as Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and Sydney Gre... (1964 Total Words)

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Yankee Jim's Lost Gold

By Ben T. Traywick
From page 17 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the spring of 1848, the sleepy little town of Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) came wide awake when the cry of Gold! Gold in California! was heard.

The rush to the mountains and ravines began. Many of the rough sailors on trading ships ly... (994 Total Words)

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Yo, Ho, Ho Star Island

By Matthew Shirley
From page 30 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The small chain of islands off the coast of New Hampshire known as the Isles of Shoals have become legendary for their association with the infamous pirate Blackbeard. The story of his burying a fortune on one of the islands is so well known that eve... (1034 Total Words)
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Yosemite Gold

By James Mccoy
From page 64 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The gold-bearing Merced River flows out of Yosemite Valley into Lake McClure, then into Merced Falls, flows on past huge dredge tailings that are stacked alongside the river and continues to flow westward to the Central Valley crossing under Highw... (1371 Total Words)

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You Can Buy Gold For $20/ounce

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the June, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few years ago I remember reading an article which mentioned that the electronics industry was the largest user of precious metals, surpassing even the jewelry trade. With electronic technology advancing so quickly, is there any intrinsic value i... (1280 Total Words)

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You Can Do 'What' In A Microwave?

By Craig E. Redick
From page 45 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To say this isn’t my first rodeo is putting it mildly, so not many things surprise me any more. But I ran across something recently that even I found hard to believe.
I normally can’t wait for the latest issues of my gold and treasu... (2639 Total Words)

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You Can Make A Living With A Metal Detector

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

0ne of the questions I have been asked is if a person can make a living with a metal detector. I guess the best answer I can give is, "Yes, but you will probably have to work at it to be really successful financially." I say this because of a conv... (1559 Total Words)

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You Can Still Strike It Rich!

By E. R. Crooks
From page 32 of the February, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The spare-time prospector DOES have a chance to strike it rich! Real strikes are still being made by amateurs, and the opportunities have never been betterprovided one is prepared with modern tools and information to search for and recognize the m... (2021 Total Words)

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You Dig It You Fill It

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 6 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In this hobby we all have something in common we like it.

I recently received an e-mail from a 13-year-old who stated, I have been enjoying your Lost Treasure magazine for over a year now. I love your articles and hope you keep up the... (637 Total Words)

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You Got The Gold: What Next?

By Diane Leek
From page 38 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You got the gold - what next? I still remember many years ago finding my first flake. That flake is what got me the gold fever. Just knowing that with research, hard work, and the right area in the great outdoors, I could accumulate gold, right fr... (1296 Total Words)

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You Say New Zealand, I Say New Guinea

By Lost Treasure
From page 56 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You Say New Zealand, I Say New Guinea

Editor:

Having just received the December 1995 issue of Lost Treasure, a source of many years of pleasure and relaxation and leads to several searches, I must ask a question: What does the story ... (637 Total Words)

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Young Will Mccain

By Steven Burgess
From page 18 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I met young William McCains father 12 years ago. At that time, Gordon or Mac, what his friends called him, was a struggling law student at the University of Arkansas.


Married and raising two young children and attending law school, Mac... (1098 Total Words)
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Young'uns With Old Guns

By John K. Manwin
From page 42 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Antique Pistols in Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania, is a small industrial town in the southeastern part of the state. It is the county seat of Berks County and has a modern-day population of about 100,000. It is on the Schuylkill Ri... (1903 Total Words)

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Yount's Lost Ledge Of Gold

By Vern Hammond
From page 18 of the February, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
George Yount, an early-day explorer and hunter of sea otters along the coasts of California and Mexico, wrote in his journal:

On the east side of the Island of Clemente, at very low tide, in the year 1833, a little more than half way down th... (210 Total Words)
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Your Artifact - Is It The Real Thing Or Is It Flintknapped?

By Hal Shymkus
From page 20 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mention flintknapping to a purist collector of Indian artifacts and his blood will probably start to boil. This reaction is not one disdain­ing the skill involved in flintknapping but more toward the manner in which the end product is advertis... (1446 Total Words)

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Your Detector Can Pay For Itself

By Scott R. French
From page 45 of the June, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Youve got the shiny new detector home from the store. Everyone has had his chance at finding a lost nickel or dime in the front yard. Now what?

About this stage, it will dawn on you that pirates never buried much loot in your inland state, ... (1216 Total Words)
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Your Help And Opinions

By Tom M. Purzycki
From page 53 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As we start the New Year, I would like to solicit your help and opinions on what kind of articles you would like to see written in this column. Would you like to see articles dedicated to telling you what is happening on the various metal detectin... (310 Total Words)

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Your Land Your Rights Your Lives Your Answer

By Ron Stockman
From page 15 of the August, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At the time of this writing a man by the name of Ed Lifur is having a detecting problem with Tahoe National Forest, Calif. The story Ill get to and it is important.
The Mother Lode Research Center alerted the collecting community nation wide a... (1514 Total Words)

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You've Found Something...now Recover It!

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

In previous columns, I have discussed the three factors that make a treasure hunter successful 1) selecting the proper equipment and knowing how to use it, 2) finding and hunting productive sites, and 3) recovering targets once detected. Subseque... (1595 Total Words)

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Yucatan Jade Treasure

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 21 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For some years following the Texas War for Independence from Mexico, a number of ships flying the Texas flag continued to wage war at sea, preventing Mexican piracy and harrassing Mexican merchant and military shipping. One of these, the Texas Nav... (485 Total Words)

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Yukon Gold

By James E Mulkey
From page 51 of the November, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Yukon Province, which used to be called the Yukon Territory, is wide open to prospecting by both U.S. and Canadian citizens. There may be more gold and platinum to be found in the Yukon than in all of Alaska and British Columbia combined. Howe... (1452 Total Words)

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Yuma'a Gold

By J. Frank Dobie
From page 37 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Some 60 miles to the northeast of Tucson, Arizona, the sand bed of the Arivaipa Creek joins with the sand bed of the San Pedro River, both generally dry as a lime burners hat. At this junction was Old Camp Grantto be distinguished from new Ca... (2160 Total Words)

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ZCMI's Lost Gold

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 53 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) has the distinction of being the first full-line department store in the United States.
ZCMI was also the only department store to be owned by a church. In this case, the Church of Jesus Ch... (1162 Total Words)

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Zen And The Art Of Metal Detecting

By Chuck Johnson
From page 27 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the major benefits of our great hobby is the moderate exercise and fresh air that we get as we pursue our dreams of finding that rare coin or buried cache. When we spend our time sweeping our coil across the ground, we not only get that exc... (1405 Total Words)

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Zeroes In the Jungle

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 29 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One afternoon, an ex-soldier named Jim Humphrey related to me one of the most exciting tales in the history of lost treasures.
Nearly a million dollars worth of priceless artifacts remained lost in the jungles of New Guinea waiting for the adve... (1142 Total Words)

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Zipped Lip

By Bob Turpin
From page 47 of the July, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War, Lacey Mouse, a wealthy Cherokee Indian, was forced by the government to leave his beloved North Carolina plantation. Mouse and his family packed their belongings and traveled westward, taking many... (600 Total Words)

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Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters Of Rochester, Minnesota

By Jay Pastor
From page 16 of the February, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

When Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters organized in December 1978, its purpose was to teach the 18 charter members good retrieval techniques and to demo... (1376 Total Words)

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