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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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A Real Conversation Piece In History

By Jim Young
From page 39 of the September, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What a year! My first time out like lastyear, was Whittiar Park in St. Boniface. I started in the same place as I did last year and will start again next year. At first all I was finding were pennies, bottle caps and a small pen. After about an ho... (728 Total Words)

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A Reale In The Rough

By Tom Ryan
From page 35 of the June, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I had not met professional treasure hunter Bob Frogfoot Weller when I asked him for a review blurb for the back of my new undersea thriller A Sword for Pizarro.

He obliged, writing, This is a true thriller, like recovering gold from the bot... (1568 Total Words)

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A Record Breaking Day

By Ralph Michael
From page 84 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Search For Murdering Martins Buried Spoils Along Bird Creek

This is the seldom-told story of Sam and Willie Martin they robbed the Rock Island depot safe at Hennessey, Okla., on the cold and windy night of March 2, 1903.

The small to... (2691 Total Words)

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A Relic Hunter's Field Of Dreams

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 36 of the August, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A full moon had cast a haunting light on the snowbound fields surrounding the colonial outpost. All was shrouded in a deathly silence. Too quiet for the sergeant who pulled sentry duty that night. Too quiet for that seasoned veteran of King George... (1114 Total Words)

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A Relic Hunter's Field Of Dreams (part II)

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 16 of the September, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Winter thoughts about this relic hunter's "field of dreams" were always the hardest to bear. I would scan the snowy woods outside my study window and pray for a short winter. February thaws were always a tease, as dripping icic... (1189 Total Words)

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A Relic Hunter's Field Of Dreams (part Iii)

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 8 of the October, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For that late spring, the entire summer, and until mid-fall, our relic hunts were confined to a series of sites in the deep woods. Periodically, we would pass the field under which was buried our colonial fort, only to find it still thick with acr... (1139 Total Words)

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A Relic Hunter's Return

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 24 of the May, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When the old farmer worked those fields we never had any prob­lems obtaining permission to search the site of the old, pre-Revolutionary War fort. At least once a month dur­ing the spring and fall relic hunting seasons wed check in with hi... (1349 Total Words)

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A Relic Hunting Primer

By Andy Sabisch
From page 11 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Relic hunting is a form of treasure hunting that is as diverse as any out there.
Unlike coin hunting, beach hunting or electronic prospecting, where one has a pretty good idea of the types of targets they are hoping to find or can expect to com... (1902 Total Words)

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A Remarkable History & Tantalizing Possibilities

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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... (1662 Total Words)

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A Remarkable Relic

By Ken Richards
From page 56 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"In this hollow, we will fit a little iron cup." Capt. Claude A. Mini

Treasure hunters who swing their detectors 100 or more miles above the Mason-Dixon Line might think of a Mini ball as a smaller conventional musket ball - a minie-ball, ... (1493 Total Words)

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A Remarkable Silver Story

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 8 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The following came from the Delphos Herald dated Dec., 21, 1876. Submitted by Robert Holdgreve of Ohio, he states, In order to know where to look for hidden treasure, it helps us to know in what places people hid their treasures.

Rumors are... (468 Total Words)

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A Renegade's Guide To Finding Gold

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 50 of the April, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

That Old Man and this gold claim saved my life. Bratton adjusted his slouch hat and motioned toward the nearby stream trickling peacefully through dense forest. I was a destroyed man ready to check everything in. I came up here to the woods to th... (1240 Total Words)

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A River Runs Through It

By James E. Mulkey
From page 42 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Padres Cache of Gold
Before long, the Indians grew tired of being subjugated by the Spanish. The Quechans revolted in 1781, pillaged the pueblo, killed the padres and gathered up what gold they could find. Hours before the revolt, the padr... (2076 Total Words)

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A Road Map To Success In Treasure Hunting Activities

By Andy Sabisch
From page 58 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several of my past columns have dealt with ways to locate productive sites that may still hold the valuables we are all looking for and, based on feedback I have received from many of you, the information has been useful.With the number of new peo... (1340 Total Words)

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A Rock Hound's Paradise

By D. Van Atchley
From page 58 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
If you feel like a little trip, then head out to west Texas for sun and fun. There is a place you can hike and see the ground covered with gemstones and you can pick them up for pennies to the pound.


Called Woodward Ranch, it is a prosp... (626 Total Words)
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A Search For the Crescent Springs Teasure

By Richard Taylor
From page 26 of the December, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The June 1971, issue of "True Treasure" had a very interesting article entitled, "Lost Gold of the Colorado River Pirate." According to the article, the pirates loot was buried less than 100 miles from our home in Las Vegas, Nevada, so my wife, Le... (1409 Total Words)

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A Season Of Gold

By Gerry Edwards The Ole Grubstake
From page 63 of the November, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With the use of my Whites GMT and MXT, I had another incredible year. I have always believed in metal detectors giving an edge to the prospector who pans, dredges, or sluices for precious metal.

I acquired my claim from BLM three years ago ... (524 Total Words)

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A Secret Too Well Kept

By Detlef Wieck
From page 31 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Stacks of gold coins discovered after being lost for 70 years, a daydream, perhaps?  This hoard was discovered in an attic at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington State. British Royal Marines established their garris... (1243 Total Words)

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A Shovel And A Dream

By Daniel J. Dictus
From page 21 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Think for a moment about the chore it would be to dig up your yard. I'm not talking about using a backhoe or any big equipment to move all that dirt. How about using old-fashioned muscle behind a shovel? And then for good measure throw in the yard... (958 Total Words)

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A Sinking Feeling

By Charles R Hayes
From page 50 of the July, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
For more than 25 years I have enjoyed the hobby of metal detecting. I am primarily a beach and water detectorist hunting the beaches of Delaware and Maryland.On occasion, I also hunt hard ground in parks, schoolyards and other locations that ar... (859 Total Words)
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A Skeptic No More

By Becky Martin
From page 31 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold Bars at Treasure Mountain
The third spring trip turned to disaster almost immediately. Late snow and freezing weather brought hardship. A plague of scurvy hit them wiping out all but a few of the strongest. Those who lived didnt have the ... (2197 Total Words)

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A Slippery Herring

By Tim Casey
From page 5 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bob Herrings Gold Coins

In view of the fact that Josh Drake, Jr., possessed Herrings map and personally spoke with him about the caches location, why hasnt the gold been found? The most probable reason is that the old outlaw buried his loot... (1378 Total Words)

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A Soil Primer For Detectorists

By Richard L. Sumner
From page 22 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To most of us, the loose stuff beneath our feet is dirt. A detectorist might call it ground, as in "ground balance." To a geologist, however, it is called by its technical term - soil. As a professional geologist and an avid detectorist,... (544 Total Words)

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A Soldier In Distress

By James Mccoy
From page 56 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Soldier in Distress
Around the turn of the century, a miner found one bar of silver while digging a well a hundred yards north of Crossman Spring. Local newspapers heralded the story, which was carried state-wide, resulting in an all-out tre... (1335 Total Words)

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A Special Birthday Gift

By Ted Ray
From page 54 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Honey, where is your class ring? Jims wife asked him during a telephone conversation. Its in the headboard of the bed, Jim replied. No, not your Army class ring, your high school class ring, she explained. Oh that. Its at the bottom of a lake near Ri... (826 Total Words)
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A Special Treasure Hunter, A Serious Case Of Gold Fever

By Lost Treasure
From page 59 of the May, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A special Treasure Hunter

Editor,

I've been wanting to write you a letter and haven't for one reason or another, but now I feel I must share my husband's story with you hoping that you will print something about him in your magazine ... (370 Total Words)

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A Summer In Kantishna

By Mollie Maunell
From page 44 of the March, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Daddy! Daddy! I found GOLD!! I yelled and then ran over to where he was shoveling dirt into a rocker on roaring Friday Creek in Kantishna, Alaska. Since I was four, I dont really remember all the details, but I do remember pleading with my father ... (805 Total Words)

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A Taste Of Treasure

By Joe T. Shepherd
From page 10 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have always been intrigued with lost treasure since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Jesse James, the Lost Dutchmans Gold Mine, the Money Pit all fascinated me. I had my first taste of treasure in 1995 when I met Bob Frogfoot Weller, a salvage... (1645 Total Words)

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A Tavern S Hoard

By Tobin T Buhk
From page 18 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have a bizarre story for you, came the voice on the other end of the telephone.

A few months ago a friend who appraises and sells antique furniture as a sideline business called and asked me to meet him at his home.

When I arrived,... (1692 Total Words)

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A Texas Style Treasure Hunt

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 24 of the January, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This little story about two fellows attending their first treasure contest was written a few years back and, for some reason, was never submitted to any of the magazines. When editor Mike Rieke called up asking for a story,... (1594 Total Words)

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A Time Capsule Of Glass

By George Kollmer
From page 31 of the December, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1960, back in old College Point, New York, which has a history unmatched by any town I know of, I did research on an antiquated bar called The Stillwagon Inn. I found this bar had existed from 1880 right through the roaring twenties and up unti... (749 Total Words)

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A Tour To English History

By Marc Middleton
From page 18 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In October 1998, I took a metal detecting trip to England. Magazine articles by previous writers had given me a general idea of what to expect. Good food, good lodging, a taste of English culture and some very interesting metal detecting finds. M... (884 Total Words)

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A Treasure Expedition

By Barry M. Rhodes
From page 32 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I’ve always wanted to take a treasure-hunting trip to locations I’ve never been, which are distant from my Shenandoah Valley home.
So I began listing various interesting locations with the help of the book, “Fee Mining and Min... (1164 Total Words)

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A Treasure For Thumper

By David Burkett
From page 32 of the May, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coal black hair, big brown eyes, and a smile that could melt your heart. All in a package less than three feet tall.
As I watched her sleep, I fought to overcome the urge to pick her up and squeeze her as if she were a little teddy bear.
The... (1508 Total Words)

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A Treasure Hunting Text, Treasure Searcher, Pulse 12 Boat Towed Metal Detector

By Lost Treasure
From page 46 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A Treasure Hunting Text

Want to find treasure with a metal detector? A new book from Charles Garrett and Ram Publishing Co. provides all the information (needed) on the basic techniques of using such an instrument. In addition to complete i... (1108 Total Words)
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A Treasure Hunting Vacation at Ocean City

By Roger Young
From page 62 of the June, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Almost every year for the last 20 years we have taken a summer vacation to Ocean City, New Jersey.
When my two daughters were young we used to toss coins in a jar and when it was full we would buy something that everyone could enjoy.
I convi... (608 Total Words)

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A Treasure Island, Spanish Forts & Gold Beneath the Waves

By Lost Treasure Staff & Special Guest Reviewers
From page 36 of the June, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure Island
The Untold Story
By John Amrhein, Jr.
Reviewed by John Christopher Fine
John Amrhein, Jr. lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he works as a real estate broker. His first book about the 1750 Spanish ... (2311 Total Words)

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A Treasure Of Loss

By Leonard D Rhoden Sr
From page 15 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In my early years of treasure hunting, if I found something valuable that someone had lost, it never occurred to me what effect that loss had on the former owner. The monetary value, and the excitement over discovery were my main focus.

But... (1240 Total Words)

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A Trio Of Tennessee Treasures

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 22 of the October, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

GUNBOAT TREASURE:

Mud Island is a popular tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee. The island was formed in 1910 by an eddy depositing mud and gravel against the stern of the gunboat Aphrodite. The ship was anchored there for several month... (552 Total Words)

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A Two Star Wrecksite

By Bob "frogfoot" Weller
From page 9 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On page 199 of Potters The Treasure Divers Guide is the following description of the Ecuadorian wreck-site of the Santa Leocadia.

Santa Leocadia (29)**

This was one of the most famous shipwrecks of the South American coast, and its i... (1857 Total Words)

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A Valuable Tool: Newspapers of the Old West

By Margaret Lewis
From page 8 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It wasn’t too long after the discovery of gold at Sutters Mill in California that printing became necessary. Newspapers were established in most of the cities, mining camps and towns. If the mines played out, people moved away and the paper ... (1010 Total Words)

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A Variety Of Cutting Materials Near Barstow

By James R Mitchell
From page 12 of the February, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Agate, jasper, common opal, chert, petrified palm, and petrified reed can all be found in two very good collecting sites near Barstow, Calif. One of these locations is in the eastern portion of the Calico Mountains and the other is only a few mile... (1533 Total Words)

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A Very Memorable Day

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 44 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The year 1804 was a rather amazing one for our young nation. The Declaration of Independence had been signed only 28 years before, and the Constitution had become the law of the land within the memory of most of those alive at the time. Just think... (1078 Total Words)

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A Whisper of a Ghost

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 44 of the February, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Possibly the best ghost towns for the detectorist may be those that are difficult to locate or are not easily accessible. If you’ve dreamed of visiting a ghost town like Bodie, which appears like you might expect an Old West movie set to look li... (2022 Total Words)

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A White's & Precision Dredge Adventure

By Gerry Edwards
From page 20 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On November 16, 2011, I got a call from my dear friend who owns Savana Engineering and Precision Dredge companies. He wanted to know if I would go
to Africa as his Operations Manager. I did not even hesitate with my answer and responded, &ldq... (2441 Total Words)

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A Working Team A Winning Team

By Eileen Ann Davis
From page 8 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was 12, Uncle Leroy nervously asked my father to step out on the porch for a conversation. Since Moms brother always came in for coffee, we knew something was amiss. Her brother was also quite spoken and deliberate, but you wouldnt have kno... (956 Total Words)

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Abandoned Chrysoprase Mine

By John M. Lloyd
From page 25 of the February, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While looking for agate in a rock shop the other day, I heard another party asking for chrysoprase. The owner replied that her only chrysoprase came from Australia, and the fine quality was priced at $6 and up per ounce.

I was shocked. To m... (1233 Total Words)

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Accessories For The Minelab Explorer Series Of Metal Detectors

By Andy Sabisch
From page 25 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Minelab Electronics is one of the newest metal detector manufacturers on the block; however, in less than 15 years, they have developed the reputation of a company that is on the cutting-edge of metal detector technology.

Their detectors ha... (1693 Total Words)

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Accessories For The Whites Spectrum Series Of Metal Detectors

By Andy Sabisch
From page 26 of the October, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Based on feedback I have received from fellow treasure hunters across the country as well as my own observations at hunts and shows I have attended, the Whites Spectrum series is probably the single most popular model of metal detector ever produc... (1858 Total Words)

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Accurate Metal Detectors Gold Exorcist Gold Recovery Unit

By Andy Sabisch
From page 12 of the November, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Accurate Metal Detectors Gold Exorcist Gold Recovery Unit

By Andy Sabisch

Over the years I have conducted well over 100 formal and countless informal
field tests on new equipment. The vast majority has been with equipment that was... (2181 Total Words)

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