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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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Cold, Hard Cache

By Shirley Jean Garrett
From page 27 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Klondike Milk Can Hoard

As a full moon hung over Dawson like a funeral pall, miners, saloon characters, merchants and odd-job workers gathered in the street outside the old Dawson jailhouse. Around midnight, liquored-up men stormed the jail... (4710 Total Words)

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Collectible Cast Iron Banks

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 68 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Today coin banks are manufactured mainly to entertain kids, by making a game out of saving their coins. However, coin banks are really nothing new since even the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese had them, as shown by numerous archaeological digs... (1513 Total Words)

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Collectibles A Real Treasure

By Les Beitz
From page 26 of the August, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The collector of unlimited means that is to say, one with a wallet that can stand a goodly amount of pressurecertainly has a keen edge on his blade. He or she can saunter around antiques marketplaces, pick up whatever seems appealing or intriguing... (1388 Total Words)

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Collecting Flourite In Southern Illinois

By Mark C. Blazek
From page 18 of the February, 1977 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From the hills of extreme south-ern Illinois come some of the finest fluorite specimens in the world.
Since 1942, Illinois has been the leading producer of fluorite (fluo-spar) in the U.S. In July of 1965, the Seventy-fourth General Assem-bly ... (489 Total Words)

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Collecting Fossils At Fossil Point

By Richard Rock
From page 20 of the February, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Alaska is one of the most interesting places in the world to collect rocks. The size of Alaska alone is hard to believe, with 586,412 square miles and a popula-tion of just over 400,000 people. About half the population lives in or around Anchorag... (1063 Total Words)

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Collecting In Colorados Royal Gorge

By Xanthus Carson
From page 4 of the February, 1977 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whenever Colorados Royal Gorge is mentioned, most folks are reminded of the natural beauty of the tremendous chasm. But scenery isnt all the gorge offers. It abounds in a wealth of gem and mineral specimens.
Royal Gorge is located on U.S. High... (1208 Total Words)

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Collecting In Southern Indiana

By Katherine Van Hoy
From page 40 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was early spring in Michigan and time to go southward to seek sunshine, warmth, flowers and, of course, rock specimens. I had often visited my grandparents in southern Indiana and was acquainted with the beautiful forested hills of the area. Bu... (798 Total Words)

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Collecting Near Palo Verde

By James R Mitchell
From page 44 of the February, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For years I have periodically dug for geodes and nodules at the famous Hauser Beds near Palo Verde, Calif. Actually, the digging area encompasses many square miles and includes the Hauser Beds, as well as the Potato Patch Beds and numerous others.... (1074 Total Words)

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Collecting Obsidian At Glass Butte

By Catherine Mcguire
From page 18 of the December, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The central part of Oregon is en-tirely different from the windswept beaches of the coast. When we drove east from Newport, after driving along the coast, we thought wed crossed over into another state.

My friend Kathy was the gemcutter. I... (591 Total Words)

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Collecting On Manitoulin Island

By Melba Baehr
From page 26 of the April, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the worlds largest fresh water island. But to a rockhound, size is not this Canadian islands main claim to fame. The great abundance of fossils to be found here merits equal importance.
There are two ways to ... (1383 Total Words)

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Collecting Premiums From the Golden Age of Radio

By Dean Adams
From page 26 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Those who enjoy collecting things know this can be an expensive pastime. For the detectorists, however, many categories of collectable memorabilia come free as a by product of coinshooting and hunting for jewelry and relics.

One type of col... (961 Total Words)

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Collecting Psilomelane In Socorro

By Mark C Blazek
From page 45 of the August, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I must confess that I never heard of the mineral psilmelane before I moved to New Mexico. When I first saw some specimens of rats-hair psilomelane, I immediately fell in love with the mineral. And I was even more pleased to find out that just 10 m... (568 Total Words)

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Colonel Bolton's Missing Gold

By Eugene Anderson
From page 40 of the January, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Colonel Ebb Bolton arrived in Texas during the early 1850s. He came from Mississippi, where he had just sold a large plantation, receiving his pay in gold. This became a tradition with the Colonel. He would never accept or pay with any form of mon... (420 Total Words)

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Colonel Clark's Lost Cache

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 63 of the November, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark buried colonial currency worth twelve hundred British pounds on the banks of the Kaskaskia River on July 4, 1778, he had no way of knowing that a cruel act of nature would wrest this treasure from him. C... (805 Total Words)

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Colonel Fawcetts Lost City Of Gold

By Ken Krippene
From page 38 of the December, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Central Brazilian Plateau, known as the Mato Grosso, represents one of the least explored sections of the world. Between the headwaters of the great northward flowing tributaries of the Amazon, in the region of the Araguaya, the Xingu, and the... (2016 Total Words)

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Colonial Chicanery A Non-fiction Tale

By Jay Pastor
From page 51 of the January, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Be not deceived..." II Corinthians
Terry West squinted through his jeweler's loupe, and moved the coin closer to the lamp for a better look. Actually it wasn't really a coin at all, just a chunk of one a little over half of a Spanish mille... (1327 Total Words)

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Colonial Finds - Are They From the UK or US?

By Michael O. Smith
From page 8 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We are treasure hunters, we are detectives of the past, we are discovers and preservers of history. What a job we have - so much fun and satisfaction to boot.
Some of your finds are clear cut as the buttons with US on them, but so many could be... (2201 Total Words)

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Colonial Long Island

By Fred Hartmann
From page 8 of the April, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While the house I live in was built around the turn of the century, the land it was built on originally was part of the homestead of Captain Eleazer Hawkins from approximately 1660. The calendar has changed to another century and Im lucky enough t... (1011 Total Words)

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Color Of Gold

By Matt Blackman
From page 43 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you are like most folks, when you hear the word gold your mind automatically envisions a shiny yellow metal. When a professional chemist hears the word gold, he probably thinks about the symbol 'Au,' the chemical symbol. Upon deeper study you f... (643 Total Words)

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Colorado

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 9 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Kid Thomas

In 1881 a bandit named James Thomas held up a stagecoach just outside the town of Conejos in southern Colorado. Thomas got away with some gold ingots and a large amount of gold coins. But as was often the case with semi-professio... (335 Total Words)
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Colorado

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 22 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Mountain of Treasure

Of all of the western states, Colorado is second in the number of reported stagecoach robberies.

Treasure Mountain

When you name a place Treasure Mountain, you ought to have a good reason. In Archule... (1489 Total Words)
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Colorado

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 32 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Yard Sale Bonanza
Theres treasure everywhere.
Van Briggle Pottery Company
1. In 1893 Cincinnati artist Artus Van Briggle traveled to Paris for a three year sabbatical. Van Briggle spent his time in France taking classes in drawing,... (1607 Total Words)
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Colorado

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 9 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Spanish Treasure

There is a suspected Spanish treasure buried somewhere along the Huerafano River just south of Pueblo. The Arapaho and Cheyenne, who inhabited the area prior to the arrival of Europeans, learned early on the folly of atta... (244 Total Words)
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Colorado

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 9 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Grand Lake

In the early 1850's, half a dozen successful gold miners attempted to bring their treasure out of the California gold fields by the overland route. The miners had arrived at the Feather River diggings a few years earlier after ... (339 Total Words)
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Colorado Man Gets 'strung Up' For A Good Cause

By Celine Buffett
From page 22 of the January, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Gary Holcomb of Colorado has been metal detecting for many years, and says he could write a book on all the things hes found.


When I moved to Colorado my ring finds increased dramatically, and so did the pull-tabs that go along with th... (580 Total Words)
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Colorado Secret Mine

By Joe Meis
From page 20 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Alex Cobsky (or Alex Kalotbeski) lay dying in a state hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, in 1937, just one year after he had been hit by an automobile. He was about 80 when he died, penniless and incoherent. His death would have gone unnoticed if a cou... (1038 Total Words)

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Colorado Silver Mines

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 64 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Clay Peterson of Boulder, Colorado, asks an almost unanswerable question. He wants information on all lost silver mines in Colorado.


Clay, it would be impossible to give the exact number of silver mines that have been... (1452 Total Words)

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Colorado Train Robbery Treasure

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 16 of the June, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the summer of 1897, four grizzled strangers rode quietly into the bustling gold mining camp of Victor, Colorado. Few residents paid much attention, since prospectors drifted into and out of town all the time. Besides, there were plenty of other... (591 Total Words)

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Colorado's Cave Of Gold

By Gerry Erberich
From page 26 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Legends concerning treasure should not be discounted as totally unreliable, because later evidence frequently supports the old accounts. A case in point is Colorado's so-called cave of gold.

Indians who once roamed the virgin forests and pl... (1563 Total Words)

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Colorado-salida Gold

By Tom Vance
From page 15 of the August, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1. This modern-day treasure tale occurred sometime between the years 1938 and 1940. Three men were employed by the State of Colorado to repair a road in the vicinity of Salida, Colorado. The actual work on the highway was being done just a few mil... (1086 Total Words)

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Colorful Marble Near Victorville California

By James R Mitchell
From page 43 of the August, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Marble, in a wide variety of colors, is available at two locations, not far from Victorville, Calif. To get to these spots, take Interstate 15 to the Bell Mountain-Stoddard Wells exit and head north-east, crossing the railroad tracks and Bell Moun... (1098 Total Words)

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Colossal Cave Booty

By Bill Kelly
From page 8 of the October, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the 1880s, with aston­ishing regularity, outlaws held up westbound trains in a sort of instruc­tive curtain raiser to the fabulous bur­ied treasures that unfolded in the af­termath. In time, the Wells Fargo and Southern Paci... (1522 Total Words)

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Colossal Cave's Golden Treasure

By Ken Weinman
From page 31 of the December, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a hot, summer day in June 1884, four masked men held up a Southern Pacific passenger train as it stopped to take on water at the tiny tank town of Pantano, Arizona. The train was on its scheduled run from Willcox to Tucson, and was carrying $62... (1489 Total Words)

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Columbus' Lost Fort

By Dennis A. Gray
From page 15 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most people know that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492 and little else about him. Few know of the treasure fleet that sank when the Governor of Hispaniola ignored Columbus' storm warnings (see Missing $6 Million in Gold, Lost Treasu... (593 Total Words)

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Come To Quicksilver Country

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 61 of the June, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
While gold and silver appear to be in the lead as the two most desired of valuable metals throughout the world, there is another metal lately being avidly sought. If one is lucky enough to locate a good claim, a fortune is awaiting.

This me... (2093 Total Words)
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Come To Quicksilver Country

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 61 of the June, 1970 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While gold and silver appear to be in the lead as the two most desired of valuable metals throughout the world, there is another metal lately being avidly sought. If one is lucky enough to locate a good claim, a fortune is awaiting.
This meta... (2103 Total Words)

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Commander Kirk's Lost Colonial Cache

By Ken Weinman
From page 30 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Warrenton is a small town in northern Virginia, 40 miles southwest of Arlington, on U.S. Highway 29 in Fauquier County and consists of a downtown business district surrounded by agricultural land. It is a quiet place today, nothing much going on t... (1064 Total Words)

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Company Shops' Gold

By Thomas Beall
From page 15 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Stories of buried gold during the Civil War are rampant in this area.


It was the major rail line from port cities to the mint vaults in Charlotte, North Carolina, or to the Treasury Vaults in Richmond, Virginia. When all the exports we... (1536 Total Words)
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Comparsion Field Test

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I have received a couple brief questions that came via the internet I will address this month. Since my answers to the first question is quite lengthy I will dispense with the usual introduction to the questions and get directly to the first one.
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Compas Electronics X-200 Challenger

By Andy Sabisch
From page 42 of the May, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Compass Electronics, one of the original metal detector manu­facturers, can trace its history back to 1970. Over the years treasure hunt­ers have found the equipment from Compass to be both sensitive and reliable. During the 1 980s, Compas... (2285 Total Words)

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Compass Au 2000

By Reg Sniff
From page 8 of the August, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It is no secret that hunting for gold nuggets is one of my favor­ite aspects of treasure hunting, and I have found through experience that my most important tool is a good metal detector more importantly, a detector specifically designed for hunt... (2984 Total Words)
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Compass Coin Scanner Jr.

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the June, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The newest member of the engineering staff at Compass Electronics is George Payne who over the years has been responsible for the design of the ground-balance circuit, the motion-discriminate circuit, and both the target identification and coin depth... (2610 Total Words)
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Compass Gold Scanner Pro

By Andy Sabisch
From page 20 of the May, 1989 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1989 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Gold Scanner Pro is the newest addition to the Scan-ner line of metal detectors from Compass Electronics. Having successfully used both the Scanner XP-350 and the XP-Pro models ex-tensively during the past year, I had been looking forward to t... (2123 Total Words)

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Compass X-100

By Greg Moscini
From page 43 of the September, 1987 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1987 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Making the right choice is important, whether you are choosing which detector to purchase or to where to take your next metal detecting trip. These can be hard choices, especially when making a purchase.
The various metal detector manufacturer... (3485 Total Words)
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Compass' Xp-professional

By Greg Moscini
From page 50 of the June, 1988 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1988 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first time out, I decided to detect on familiar grounds. The site I chose was an older park's section of grass lawn approximately 20 by-60 feet. Through prior experience with other detectors, I knew that the area had a greater than average amo... (2886 Total Words)

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Competition Hunt Secrets For Success!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A number of Lost Treasure readers have recently posed questions pertaining to the multitude of competition hunts being held across the country. With the large number of hunts available to choose from (see the Calendar section in Lost Treasure or o... (1484 Total Words)

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Competition Hunting And Digging Styles

By Linda D. Swink Artwork By Lee Burks
From page 32 of the May, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The appreciation of humor is universal. Take a moment to enjoy this refreshing and humorous look through the eyes of a first-timer at an organized treasure hunt!

As you enter the field of treasure-hunting competition, you will meet all kind... (1048 Total Words)

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Complexities Of A Search Coil

By Reg Sniff
From page 6 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month I will discuss the complexities of search coils and quite possibly explain why they are expensive by discussing the difficulties in building one.
However, before I do, I do want to mention the passing of a friend and excellent nugge... (1696 Total Words)

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Comstock's Lost Lode

By John M. Townley
From page 28 of the September, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lumps of pure silver gleamed from the craggy walls and sandy bottom of the desert arroyo. The searing sun above Nevadas Black Rock country almost blinded the three men who stumbled down the canyon in search of small game.

Turning an abrupt ... (2017 Total Words)

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Concealed Cache: Tucked Away In Utah's Henry Mountains

By Joe Meis
From page 10 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Frank Lawler was the hermit of Utahs Henry Mountains. He had plenty of time to think about the Lost Josephine Mine, richest and most famous of all Spanish mines. He never had any doubts it was hidden in the Henrys, for both he and fellow hermit Ed Wo... (670 Total Words)
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