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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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Australia: Nugget Shooting Down Under

By James E. Mulkey
From page 24 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nowhere else on the planet is as much placer gold being found these days as it is in Australia. Half of the land down under is a huge region of wide-open spaces consisting of harsh desert lands with very little water. What water you do find is inf... (1287 Total Words)

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Australia'a Overlooked Treasures

By Michael Hervey
From page 49 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A great deal has been written of the fabulous treasures to be un-earthed in the Caribbean and various other parts of the Spanish Main which used to be the haunts of pirates and privateersbut little mention has been made of the treasure ships which... (1323 Total Words)

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Australia's First Recorded Shipwreck

By Ken Weinman
From page 20 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the years between 1492, and 1620, mankind discovered that all seas were one, and that seamen could reach any country in the world that had an ocean coast, and safely return home. Once the rulers and financiers understood that more efficient... (1549 Total Words)

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Australia's Lost Chest Of Gold

By Ken Weinman
From page 42 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Rottnest Island is located in the Indian Ocean just a few miles from the West Australian seaport of Fremantle, a city located at the mouth of the Swan River and a part of the Perth Metro area. It was founded in 1829, and is noted for its exportation ... (1029 Total Words)
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Austrialia Gold

By James E. Mulkey
From page 31 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nowhere else in the world can you find as many nuggets as you can in the Australian Outback. For example, not long ago, Pieter Heydelaar, author of Successful Nugget Hunting, came home from the Australian gold fields with a huge specifimen of crys... (1607 Total Words)

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Autograph Treasures

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 29 of the December, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A lot of us grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s. Back then you could buy a Coke and a pack of peanuts for about 25 cents. You could buy comic books for a dime, and a pack of sports cards for a nickel. And remember those movie stars on Dixie Cup ice... (1116 Total Words)

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Autumn: A Golden Treasure Harvest Time

By Ken Richards
From page 8 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beneath the dark spruce and pine needles, the brilliant orange-red leaves of these white-berried shrubs spread out over the marshes like poinsettias under a Christmas tree. But best you admire them from a distance: they're poison-sumac bushes doll... (1115 Total Words)

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Aventurine On Happy Hill

By Fran And Ollie James
From page 59 of the January, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We dont know where Happy Hill got its name. But for us, and for other members of the Caribou Trail Rockhounds, the name has proved to be an appropriate one. It was on Happy Hill that we found aventurine, a sparkling green gemstone of the quartz fa... (809 Total Words)

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Avoiding Problems In The Field

By Andy Sabisch
From page 44 of the August, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the years of penning columns or giving talks at hunts and club meetings, there have been a few topics that seem to come up time and time again. This months column will cover one of those topics which is how taking a few minute up front can tu... (1985 Total Words)

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Awareness May Be Your Key To Treasure

By Howard Friend
From page 16 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometimes rusty tin cans and other metal objects conceal treasure, such as coins. I admit, I don't like to dig up every one I come across just to pack it home to discard. I guess I'm just tuned to that special zing that my metal detector gives off... (1007 Total Words)

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Aztec Treasure - Does It Still Exist?

By Pat Hughes
From page 47 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Aztec Empire ruled Central America from what is now Mexico City from 1427 to 1521. This is an amazing story of an Empires entire treasure that was taken, given, lost, or remains hidden to this day. The main question today is where is the treme... (1681 Total Words)

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Aztec Treasure of the 'Santiago'

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 52 of the April, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1511, a caravel was sailing east from the new colony of Darien, near Panama, to Hispaniola for supplies and reinforcements.The Spanish ship struck upon hidden shoals south of Jamaica and began breaking up.Nineteen survivors of the wreck were ab... (1036 Total Words)

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Back In Time

By David Burkett
From page 36 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Close your eyes and go back 30 years in time. Now envision an older man standing in a city park, holding and wearing massive amounts of strange equipment strapped to his body.
Is he an alien from another planet? Is he dangerous? Do you speak or... (1299 Total Words)

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Back Roads To Adventure

By Ron Ebner
From page 50 of the December, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Just off Interstate 80 in New Jersey, and nestled at the foot of the Kittatinny Mountains, lies Worthington State Forest.

Comprising over 1,000 acres, Worthington is a picturesque hikers and campers dream come true. Annually, thousands of p... (1187 Total Words)

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Back To the Basics of Coin Collecting

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 29 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many a detectorist has an accumulation of coins that he or she may have dug during their outings in a field, park, school ground, or even the beach. Most of these are just the common, ordinary coins we refer to as pocket change. However, there are... (1519 Total Words)

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Back Yard Treasure Hunters

By Shirley Pfister
From page 19 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

People throw everything on the ground, explained W. L. (Billy) Baugh of La Porte, Texas, on a recent stroll with his metal detector. Thats the American way.

For an enterprising treasure hunter, the law of relativity is simple follow an Amer... (970 Total Words)

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Backroad To Adventure: Sullivan's Trail

By Ron Ebner
From page 18 of the April, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like the man said, Gold is where your find it, and that applies equally well to, silver, coins, and artifacts from the past. Many areas were settled during the growth of our expansive country, allowing for the hiding and subsequent loss of a multi... (1381 Total Words)

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Backwoods Relics: Even The Poorest Areas Yield Treasures

By Launa D. Morphew
From page 14 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I first began my hobby of metal detecting, I had a lot of people in this area tell me I was wasting my time. Everybody was so poor for so long in this part of the country that even if they had a few coins, they sure wouldn’t be so carel... (1335 Total Words)

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Backyard Ghost Towns

By J.B. Reaser
From page 45 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a treasure hunter, have you ever had a case of ghost town fever? Like most detectorists, chances are you have. Maybe because you live far removed from the west, famous for ghost towns, the cure for this fever seems so far in the distance. But t... (1456 Total Words)

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Backyard Treasures

By Jim Conover
From page 26 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting has been in my world since I was a child and found my first coin lying in the dust of one of my hometowns dirt streets. Its my belief that finding a treasure, even a small one, would be a dream come true for any child. Recently,... (1483 Total Words)

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Backyard Treasures

By Geno Lawrenzi, Jr.
From page 9 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As my old friend David Molina would have asked, “Who would have thunk it?”
There I was, covered with drywall dust and tearing the plaster loose from an old house my brother and brother-in-law were renovating.
They had bought the ... (1373 Total Words)

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Bacteria Gold

By Gerry Edwards
From page 11 of the August, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Rain, rain, rain. It had rained 21 days of the 31 days in March and I was sick of it. The creek on the claim had been muddy and it was too high and to cold to be playing in, so I had decided with the little break in the weather that to investigate th... (911 Total Words)
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Bacteria Gold

By Gerry Edwards
From page 11 of the August, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Rain, rain, rain. It had rained 21 days of the 31 days in March and I was sick of it. The creek on the claim had been muddy and it was too high and to cold to be playing in, so I had decided with the little break in the weather that to investigate th... (890 Total Words)
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Bad Habits Are Easy To Obtain

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

I received a letter accompanied by a tape as a response to my referral to "my batteries running down." Basically, the tape referred to better eating habits to improve one's health. What does this have to do with detectors? Well, I will get to that... (1549 Total Words)

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Bad To The Bone

By Mac Galway
From page 25 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Search For Calico Jacks Concealed Florida Treasure
One good thing must be said in favor of old Calico Jack he certainly knew how to hide his loot in such a manner that it would not be easy to find. But that may be the only good thing that can... (1462 Total Words)

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Baddest Badman's' Bonanza

By Andrew Hind
From page 42 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A few years back, I received a letter from a Kansas woman whose mother claimed to have been intimately familiar with a member of the infamous Doolin Gang, Arkansas Tom Jones.
This woman shared with me some fascinating anecdotes about the outlaw... (914 Total Words)
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Bakery Gold

By Trini Concole
From page 32 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the spring of 1875, Joseph Metz and his family pulled up stakes and moved out of Mankato, Minn., and headed west. They took the old stage route which is now known as Interstate 90. After a few weeks on the road, they stopped for awhile in ... (779 Total Words)

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Bald Mountain Meteorite

By Joe Meis
From page 14 of the November, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If youre traveling through the scenic Coquille Mountains of Southwest Oregon, you might keep an eye out for a bald mountain. For you may find the biggest prize of them alla meteorite of immense size and rare type. A much sought after object dubbed... (1498 Total Words)

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Bama Artifacts

By Wayne Ruple
From page 32 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although many Civil War battle sites are off-limits for artifact hunters, here are a number of Alabama Civil War sites that you can search.

Alabama has many small or little known Civil War sites which are free for searching. These sites wer... (1035 Total Words)

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Bama Gold

By Wayne Ruple
From page 20 of the March, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Although the amount of gold found in Alabama was greatly dwarfed by that found in California and Alaska, there was a time when gold mining in Alabama was a profitable business. From 1838 to 1860 the U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Ga., produced coins from go... (1120 Total Words)
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Bandit In Blue

By Sam Patch
From page 12 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Blue Parka Man terrorized shipping in the Klondike and Alaska for years before anyone realized he spent his spare time in the local church library.

Those who knew him in the years 1904 and 1905 called him the Blue Parka Man. Charles Hen... (1404 Total Words)

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Bank Loot Found

By Margaret Lewis
From page 18 of the October, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 For almost a century, a cache of gold coins, gold bullion, and silver dollars lay hidden in the Sandia Mountains just a few hundred yards east of Albuquerque's city limits. Two Albuquerque men, through diligent research and untiring effo... (1511 Total Words)

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Barkchip Bonanza

By B G Revis
From page 14 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How many times have you passed by a barkchip playground, assumed it had been hit by every beeper swinger in the state, and just kept going? If you did, you probably made some other TH'er very happy. It tickles me pink every time one of those p... (1416 Total Words)

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Barns And Old Home Sites

By Herb Goldberger
From page 59 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seeking a different vein in treasure hunting? Try checking out deserted barns and old home sites throughout the state of North Carolina, as they offer a surplus of great finds.

The barn has been classified as a farm building used for shelte... (640 Total Words)

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Baron De St Castine's Lost Fortune

By Kate Blackstone
From page 24 of the August, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Of all the treasure tales that abound in Maine, the story of Baron de St. Castine's lost fortune is among the best documented. It's a matter of record that at one time Baron Castine's fortune amounted to over 300? gold crowns. Just how... (1050 Total Words)

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Baron Saint-castine's Caches

By Craig Gaines
From page 27 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Jean Vincent dAbbadie, who became known as Saint-Castine (Castin) in America, was born in June 1652 in the Bearn region of France in the Pyrenees Mountains area.


The dAbbadie family owned the village of Saint-Castine and thus the title... (1165 Total Words)
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Bart Hetfield's Encrusted Treasure Find - The Interview

By Yvonne Addario
From page 14 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

YVONNE: Bart, thank you for meeting me today at my home in Jupiter, where the salvage boat “The Tank” is docked.
I understand you are a treasure salvor who works with Jupiter Coins on the Historic Jupiter Shipwreck site in Jupiter, ... (640 Total Words)

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Baseball Field Bounty

By Chet Faber
From page 29 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Everyone hopes to find an untouched spot to metal detect. I found mine two miles from the house. It is a bungalow colony and day camp that has been in operation since the turn of the century. It consists of about 30 bungalows situated on 20 well-k... (603 Total Words)

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Bath House Silver

By Thomas D. Stallard
From page 47 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My late uncle was a most memorable character and a first class treasure hunter.
We always called him Stub; I thought it was his name for a long time, then my Dad told me it was short for stubborn.
Stub worked many years at a coal tipple in V... (1688 Total Words)

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Batter Up

By Bill Camp
From page 23 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When approaching a baseball or softball field to metal detect, how do you go about it? Most of us start walking the base lines, circling the pitching mound, or head straight for the outfield following the natural arc of the infield. These approach... (955 Total Words)

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Batteries, Dead Or Alive?

By Robin B. Osborne
From page 47 of the March, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You park your vehicle, unload your detector and any other equipment you'll need. You make the long trek over the hot dunes, or through the woods to your selected spot to hunt. You get your pockets or pouches arranged the way you want and are ready... (708 Total Words)

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Battery Information

By Reg Sniff
From page 58 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month's column is sort of a tutorial on powering your detector. Over the years, I have been asked several questions concerning batteries - what types are best, and whether one can increase the battery voltage or change batteries and ... (1546 Total Words)

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Battle Cry! How To Defend Your Detecting Rights

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 18 of the July, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Washington State treasure hunters learned the hard way that their right to use state parks for recreational detecting are in jeopardy. This is their story.

Smokey Power, President of the Northwest Chapter of the FMDAC, along with council me... (1520 Total Words)

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Battle For Brice's Crossroads

By Robert S Jones
From page 63 of the April, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Research sometimes is not enough to find a treasure, no matter how good the facts may appear. The Union Civil War payroll hurriedly buried by Paymaster George Bain during the Battle of Brices Crossroads is one of these treasures.


I have... (1487 Total Words)
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Be Cautious

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 4 of the March, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The weather is starting to warm up. You have completed all the winter chores you set out to finish. The honey-do list has been completed and filed away for another year.
Your metal detecting equipment looks brand new after all the hours spent ... (462 Total Words)

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Beach + Detector = Hooked

By P. Marshall Henderson
From page 18 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My wife, Cindy, my father-in-law, Bill, and I have been avid treasure seekers for about 15 years. It all started with a Garrett machine and mild curiosity, digging up coins in our own backyard. Cindy and I got hooked during a trip to the beach fol... (530 Total Words)

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Beach and Water Detecting 101: Getting Started

By Terry Soloman, Americanbeachdetecting.com
From page 36 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detecting for coins and jewelry on America’s fresh and saltwater beaches has never been more popular or profitable.
Folks have been going to the beach and losing their belongings in the sand and surf since the beginning of time.
... (2016 Total Words)

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Beach Blanket Beginner

By B. A. Sebastiani
From page 18 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was my first official treasure hunt at the beach and was I ever hyped! I read as much as I could before I ventured out about beachcombing and related topics. Back issues of "Treasure Facts" and "Lost Treasure" magazines are priceless to me for ... (975 Total Words)

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Beach Bonanza

By Lost Treasure
From page 44 of the September, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was easy to get caught up in the excitement of panning for silver at Betterton Beach in Maryland. The pandemonium began the last week in January when the Sea Scape Lounge, bingo stand, the old dance hall and the Chesapeake Hotel were toppled to... (589 Total Words)

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Beach Bonanzas From Great Lakes Wrecks

By Teddy Remick
From page 19 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many of the wrecks dotting the bottom of the Great Lakes have been well documented, while some are mysteries, known only by the debris and valuables that occasionally wash up on shore. But the fortunes that have been found along the beaches are du... (2017 Total Words)

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