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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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Coal & Oil Treasures

By James Myers
From page 29 of the November, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pennsylvania is a treasure house of fossil fuels. The world's first oil well was drilled at Titusville in 1859. Coal from the Pittsburgh Vein fed the fires at Fort Pitt during the Colonial period. These two natural resources helped make possib... (891 Total Words)

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Cobalt: A Silver Lining

By Pat Kerr
From page 36 of the September, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Canadian history is usually boring. Cobalt is one of the exceptions. Even its name is deceptive. If you look&#44 you will easily find cobalt samples at the mine sites&#44 but if you trip on a stone there is an excellent chance it contains ... (1990 Total Words)

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Coca-Cola Bottles, International Icons

By J.C. Fine
From page 10 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coca-Cola* is an American tradition that has become a world icon.
The syrup began as a patent medicine when invented by Dr. John S. Pemberton, an Atlanta, Georgia, pharmacist, in 1886.
It is said that he took his mixture down the street to J... (1264 Total Words)

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Coffee, Conversation And Cache Clues

By Keith Wills
From page 46 of the July, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Caches can consist of any kind of item from gold rings, coins, civil war bullets and more. What makes it a Cache is that it is a hoard collected and then buried deliberately by someone. It can be in one very large container, several small containe... (1173 Total Words)

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Coiltek 15 Inch Wot Searchcoil

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Minelab is a brand of metal detectors that has only been around since the mid-1980s; however, in that short period of time they have developed a line of detectors with features found on no other brand. As with most of the detector companies, Minel... (1727 Total Words)

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Coin Cleaning With Electrolysis

By Gerry Edwards
From page 22 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In my hunt for a more efficient and simple way to clean coins without damaging them, I have come up with a cheap and simple solution. All you need are some alligator clips, an old power source, such as a battery charger, and a mason jar with some ... (538 Total Words)

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Coin Cleaning: Tips and Techniques

By Marc Middleton
From page 14 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are several methods of cleaning coins that can easily be performed by anyone. All can be done with a small investment in materials. These methods use mechanical, chemical, thermal, and electrical techniques.The first step in cleaning virtual... (1015 Total Words)

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Coin Detecting Tips

By James E. Mulkey
From page 32 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coin Detectors &
Coin-Shooting
Maybe you’re one of the lucky people who recently purchased a coin detector such as a Minelab X-Terra or White’s MXT.
By the time you’re reading this you’ve grown tired of hunting... (1491 Total Words)

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Coin From 1497-1504 Era Found In Georgia!!!

By Michael O. Smith
From page 20 of the June, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Georgia is full of history and relics to document its past. Most recently new information has ear­marked Georgia as the location of the first settlement of the United States. It was settled under the flag of Spain and named San Miguel de Guald... (1590 Total Words)

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Coin Hunters And Nails Can Be Friends

By Jay Pastor
From page 10 of the December, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Few coinshooters deliberately search for rusty hardware. It would be like stalking beer-can tabs or bent washers. And its not exciting when your conscientious machine signals you that theres a silver dime under your right foot, and instead you fin... (959 Total Words)

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Coin Hunter's Guide

By James Mulkey
From page 20 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Maybe you’re one of the lucky people who received a metal detector for Christmas or on your birthday or as an anniversary gift. Terri Catt of Illinois was both surprised and delighted when her husband gave her a White’s metal detector on the ... (2145 Total Words)

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Coin Reference Materials

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 38 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So, you want to start a coin collection, and have decided to graduate from a coin accumulator or hoarder to a coin collector.

Where do you start? As with any collecting endeavor, the standard line of instruction is buy the book before the c... (1533 Total Words)

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Coin Shootin' Questions

By Alan Herbet
From page 65 of the February, 1975 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

James Randolph of Mamaroneck, New York, writes that he has a 1943 copper cent, and asks, What are the chances that it is genuine?

The chances are slim, indeed, James. Thousands of fakes are be­ing sold and are in circulation, in­clu... (587 Total Words)

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Coin Shooting

By Charles A Cummins
From page 54 of the July, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Campgrounds are a rich source of coins and other artifacts. Unlike the City Park or local school yard, campgrounds are never hunted out. First, the supply of lost coins and other objects is renewed with each new group of campers, especially weeken... (1150 Total Words)

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Coin Shooting At Carnival Beach

By Wayne E. Cummings
From page 63 of the March, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was about 4:30 in a December afternoon, about half way between Opelousas and Lafayette, Louisiana. My wife and I had been rolling south and west all day in our big camper rig. Mickey glanced over at the gas gauge.

Youd better fill her up... (1189 Total Words)

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Coin Shooting Inside and Outside the Box

By Chris Wilkinson
From page 39 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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 sc... (1521 Total Words)

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Coin Shooting Kelly

By Ken Weinman
From page 12 of the October, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I am deep in central New Mexico sitting on a large rock at the base of Mount Magdalena. It was here in these mountains that some rich ore deposits were first discovered during the summer of 1866.
Looking down across the valley a short distance,... (1060 Total Words)

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Coins And Relics Among The Silver And Gold

By James E Mulkey
From page 22 of the May, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In spite of themselves, every nugget-shooter has managed to find more than gold nuggets. Scores of things like boot tacks, pieces of wire, pull-tabs, bottle caps and nails are the most common items found. However, a few detectorists have acquired ... (1667 Total Words)

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Coins Down A Rabbit Hole

By James Mulkey
From page 44 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and you may find yourself in a cave where bandits hid a strongbox filled with gold and silver coins. Enter an abandoned house and use your detector to scan the floors, walls, ceilings and chimney and you may uncov... (2027 Total Words)

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Coins In New York Harbor

By Bill Henry
From page 56 of the December, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1780, a British warship, H.M.S. Hussar, was about to enter Hell's Gate in New York Harbor for passage through Long Island Sound. The vessel struck a submerged obstacle and sank. It was a pay ship carrying between $4 and $5,000,000 to pay servic... (165 Total Words)

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Coins Of Sugar Island

By Stanley Bandranke
From page 17 of the October, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting is an antidote for boredom and worry. The excitement and adventure that accompany the exploring of money-making opportunities in the outdoors build a healthy appetite and sound sleep. Treasure hunting leaves neither time nor room ... (894 Total Words)

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Coins Of The Sevier Desert

By John K. Manwin
From page 16 of the August, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Did you know that the Mormon immigrants who settled in the Great Salt Lake area of frontier Utah had their own mint and struck coins in four different denominations of $2.50, $5, $10, and $20? The mint was in operation from 1849 to 1860, using raw... (1182 Total Words)

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Coinshooter Finds Texas Coin Trove

By Dave Scott
From page 38 of the January, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a business trip, Bob Groom was hurrying through a small north-central Texas community when an impression in his peripheral vision triggered alarms in his head. A quick glance to his right confirmed that a house had been bulldozed from a residen... (1533 Total Words)

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Coin-shooters Dream Locations

By James Mccoy
From page 35 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every coin hunter dreams of finding a location where they can fill buckets with the coins they find. Dont let your dreams be stillborn. Change your hunting habits to make sure your dreams come true by following these tips!

Youth Camps: The c... (1556 Total Words)

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Coin-shooters' Dream Locations

By James Mccoy
From page 39 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every coin hunter dreams of finding a location where they can fill buckets with the coins they find. Don't let your dreams be stillborn. Change your hunting habits to make sure your dreams come true by following these tips!
Youth Camps: The... (1382 Total Words)

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Coinshooting A Ghost Air Force Base

By Jay Pastor
From page 53 of the February, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lets try the air base, Mike said.

The air base?

Sure, who knows whats there?

For some years after Griffiss AFB, Rome, New York, stopped being Griffiss AFB, and before it morphed into Griffiss Business and Technology Park, it wa... (728 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Around the Pond

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 44 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Who would have thought that in 1996 one could still stumble on a productive site a stone's throw away from a place visited by 100's of people a day. The place we are referring to is right next to a parking lot, which fills daily with people visiti... (1181 Total Words)

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Coinshooting At Historical Spots

By James E. Mulkey
From page 10 of the January, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Get off the beaten path!" You hear it from everyone who's a coin-shooter. More coins are lost at beaches, parks, playgrounds, schoolyards and on vacant lots than anywhere else. But maybe you should consider getting on the path of history. Once a ... (1436 Total Words)

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Coin-shooting at Old Time Farm and Tractor Shows

By James E. Mulkey
From page 53 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Quite often, old-time tractor and farm shows are held in conjunction with county fairs. Equally often, they are held independently of county fairs. Both are huge in terms of the potential they offer to coin-shooters. Dare to search for coins at th... (1498 Total Words)

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Coin-shooting At River Boat Landings And Shipyards

By James E. Mulkey
From page 7 of the June, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

They say that day-dreaming is the mother of all great ideas. More than likely, you and your family have attended an outdoor event at a riverfront park or watched as friends and loved ones departed on a cruise. Perhaps, while you were sitting on th... (1171 Total Words)

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Coinshooting At The Odd Spot

By James Mulkey
From page 14 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
No, the Odd Spot isnt a neighborhood bar! Its an unusual location, one you might never have thought of, where you can find lots of coins.
Lets face it, coin hunting is the bread and butter of the metal detecting fraternity. If you dont believe... (1591 Total Words)
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Coinshooting At The Odd Spot

By James E. Mulkey
From page 8 of the May, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The "Odd Spot" isn't the name of some local tavern, although it may have been the site of an early-day saloon. No, the "Odd Spot" is a seldom-searched spot where coin-shooters can expect to find big bucks! You'll find rare coins, old tokens and silve... (1174 Total Words)
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Coin-shooting At Tourist Attractions

By James E. Mulkey
From page 50 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For the detectorist, visiting a tourist attraction means much more than just taking in the sights. It means a chance to use your metal detector to find lost coins and jewelry. In fact, if you should happen to find a piece of jewelry, such as a gol... (1636 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Magdalena

By Ken Weinman
From page 31 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After the discovery of gold in 1849, in California, 1,000's of people risked their lives and property traveling across Americas overland routes westward. They came by stagecoach, on horseback and by wagon train. There was no other movement in hist... (1465 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Mccormick

By Andrew Hind
From page 53 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Ghost Towns represent a unique opportunity for coin hunters, a place where a bit of patience and some skill with a metal detector might well turn up coins from past.


Unfortunately, many have been scoured over in the years since their t... (1028 Total Words)
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Coinshooting New Mexicos Old Abandoned Home Sites

By Ken Weinman
From page 40 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two hundred and thirty one years ago, the original 13 colonies in the new world became the United States of America with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But did you know 66 years before that, the Territory of New Mexico had two cit... (1480 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Old Mexican Church Grounds

By Roy Zeper
From page 44 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting has taken me to many strange and exotic loca­tions. Learning of potential treasure sites is the first requisite. A poten­tial site may be a coastal city sacked by pirates, such as Margarita or Campeche which had constructe... (1117 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Old Yards

By David Foeller, Jr.
From page 64 of the February, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most metal detectorists have favorite places to search. For me, it's searching the yards of old homes. This, being my second year of metal detecting, has been very successful so far. My home town of Batavia, New York, was founded in 1802 and conta... (794 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Rural Mailboxes

By Jay Pastor
From page 36 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Don't want any millions; I'm getting my share...Sitting on Top of the World" (sung by Al Jolson)

It caught my eye as I drove past, and I stopped the car to examine it more closely - a clever home-brewed mechanism designed to signal a rural... (1242 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Socorro

By Trini Concoles
From page 16 of the May, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Socorro, New Mexico, is a small town in the south central part of New Mexico, about 70 miles south of Albuquerque on Interstate 25 at the AT&SF Railroad. It is the county seat of Socorro County and has a present-day population of about 10,000 ... (1358 Total Words)

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Coinshooting the Campus

By C.B. Sauer
From page 26 of the May, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Through my headphones I heard the car coming down the gravel road. As it came abreast it slowed down then stopped. I looked up to see one of the guys lean out the window. "Hey buddy," he yelled, "You won't find anything th... (1070 Total Words)

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Coinshooting The Chiricahua Mountains

By Ken Weinman
From page 36 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In January 1895, two men held up a train near Willcox, Arizona, and escaped carrying $94,000 in gold. Their trail led into the desert, crossed Apache Pass and into the Chiricahuas. The two bandits, Grant Wheeler and Joe George, hung out in Galeyville... (1523 Total Words)
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Coinshooting The Lost Village Of Cochran

By Andrew Hind
From page 36 of the May, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cochran was a short-lived community in the foothills of Oregon. A ghost town today, its of little interest to anyone save for history buffs and hikers.

But this former village represents a unique opportunity for coin-hunters as well, a plac... (764 Total Words)

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Coinshooting The Rodeo

By Johnny Williams
From page 26 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In rodeos, cowboys and cowgirls try their luck and riding skill on unbroken horses called bucking broncos. They risk their lives riding raging bulls, and they test the speed and training of their horses in calf roping and team roping. Rodeo is a S... (622 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Tips

By Art Abshire
From page 22 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Playgrounds in General

Bad weather is a playground killer. Too hot, too cold or too wet keeps kids from using the equipment and that keeps them from losing money. Keeping track of both weather and holidays for kids can prove productive in y... (2087 Total Words)

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Coinshooting Tips And Techniques

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 36 of the March, 1992 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coinshooting is the type of treasure hunting which is done by the largest number of people, especially on weekends and during vacations. Very little research needs to be done. Its largely a matter of observation, logical thinking, and knowing wher... (1147 Total Words)

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Coinshooting: Urban And Rural Leads And Sites

By T.J. Davidson
From page 20 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every time I hear someone mention the term coinshooting I immediately think of that old couple swinging a detector as they walk along the beach.

This type of treasure hunting doesnt require much preparation before leaving home.

Chanc... (1341 Total Words)

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Col. Frisbys Lost Treasure

By Xanthus Carson
From page 19 of the October, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Col. Norman Frisbys life was one of exciting drama and fabulous riches that ended in tragedy. The most noticeable thing the man did to make his mark was to amass a great amount of wealtha colossal fortune in gold and silver conservatively valued a... (2802 Total Words)

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Cold Gold

By Tom J Christensen
From page 53 of the November, 1969 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I know where there is buried a fortune in gold. I was there when it was put into the ground, and I can lead you to the spotfar up on the barren rocky beach of Seward Peninsula on the bleak Bering Sea.

I was seven-years-old at the time. The ... (1689 Total Words)

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Cold War Cache -part 1

By Joe Meis
From page 16 of the August, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

All famous Soviet spies seem to be the ones that have been caught. Aldrich Ames, John Walker were caught, but not Edward Lee Howard.

Howard, a native of New Mexico, was born in Alamagordo in 1951. His father, Kenneth Howard, was an electron... (2130 Total Words)

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