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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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Billy the Kid's Lost Gun

By Ken Weinman
From page 27 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Billy the Kid, aka William H. Bonney, was one of the most famous desperados of the American southwest, but he was not a bandit who robbed trains, banks or stagecoaches.
He did not leave behind a strongbox or any money to talk of, but he did lea... (1939 Total Words)

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Billy The Kid's Only Cache

By Ken Weinman
From page 36 of the December, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Billy the Kid, who claimed to have killed 21 men by his 21st birthday, was one of the last and most famous desperadoes of the American southwest. He was born in New York City on Nov. 23, 1859. The first record of him is as a witness to the marriag... (1491 Total Words)

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Birke's Lost Trunk Of Gold And Gems

By Resti Concoles
From page 30 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Treasure:


A trunk filled with gem-encrusted jewelry, solid gold bracelets, gold earrings and finger bands all encased with diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones. There were also solid gold brooches, pins and necklaces delicat... (965 Total Words)
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Birthplace In Texas

By Gay Brown
From page 36 of the August, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the small South Texas town of Goliad, thought to be the third oldest community in the Lone Star state, a series of military events occurred between 1749 and 1836 that established this small hamlet as one of the most historical locations in Texa... (2004 Total Words)

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Bitten By The Gold Bug? Here's Where To Start!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the March, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I recently moved from the Midwest to Western South Carolina and would like to try my luck at prospecting for gold. From several articles I have read, the North/South Carolina-Georgia area seems to have been quite productive at one time yet I am ha... (1331 Total Words)

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Bitter Defeat, Sweet Victory The Battle Of St. Clair

By Dorian Cook
From page 6 of the March, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It seems but a short time ago that all of America celebrated what to many was the greatest victory of its armed forces in the history of our nation. Our troops had taken on one of the worlds largest armies and handed it a devastating defeat in jus... (1876 Total Words)

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Black Bart's Booty

By Mary E. Gratti
From page 36 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere within the peaks and valleys of Northern Californias Mendocino County, secreted away in one or more hiding places by the notorious bad man Black Bart himself, may repose 120-year-old treasure.

Now, for the first time, the facts ab... (1428 Total Words)

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Black Black No Trade Back

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 8 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is 5 a.m. on what promises to be a scorcher of a day. The alarm is screaming in my ear but I just cannot seem to drag myself out of bed. Only the visions of all that gold waiting for me on the beach can give me the energy I need to crawl out of... (868 Total Words)

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Black Caesar Holds The Key

By Herb Goldberger
From page 26 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
From pirates to Civil War profiteers, Elliott Key in Florida could be one of the richest treasure sites in America.

Elliott Key, a small island situated seven miles across Biscayne Bay from Miami, Fla., perhaps houses lost loot of $690,191 ... (455 Total Words)
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Black Caesar's Florida Treasure Troves

By Howard M. Duffy.
From page 13 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the early days of the 19th century, Henri Caesar, better known as Black Caesar, was one of the most feared pirates to sail the Spanish Main. Through his pillaging and plundering activities, he was able to amass a great fortune. Part of it was s... (1068 Total Words)

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Black Flag Treasures

By Dorian Cook
From page 20 of the August, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The shades were drawn at the windows of the isolated farm­house in Johnson County, Missouri. To casual observers nothing would have seemed out of place in the twi­light of that August night in 1863. A trained eye, however, might have notic... (1567 Total Words)

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Black Hills Chert

By Edward D. Baier
From page 38 of the April, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Chert is one of the amorphou5 quartz minerals. The definition ol them is still in the process of formula. tion. Much confusion has been in-jcted into the matter because, until recently, many rockhounds have been disposing of the subject by simply ... (523 Total Words)

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Black Jack In The Narrows

By Johnny Williams
From page 76 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Grants Train Robbery
Due to the many other holdups and constant outlaw activities going on in New Mexico at the time, the Grants train robbery was almost forgotten. Then one day some cowboys from the Bibo Ranch came in to the ranch headqua... (2435 Total Words)

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Black Jack's Great Escape

By Ken Weinman
From page 15 of the August, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly after 2: on the morning of May 10, ________ 1897, three men, Black Jack Ketchum and two of his gang members, stopped and held up the Southern Pacific Sunset Limited passenger train about five miles east of Sanderson, in northwest Texas.The... (1954 Total Words)

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Black Jack's Missing Cimarron Gold Cache

By Thomas Hilton
From page 20 of the June, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Outlaw treasure being stashed and then remaining hidden for decades is an oft-told story in the West. This is such a tale. The stolen wealth was acquired in a train hold-up. Black Jack Ketchem master-minded the plan and then he and his gang mem... (1270 Total Words)

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Black Market Coins

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 23 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Newby's Vanished Irish Halfpence

On a quiet side street in sleepy little Haddon Township, New Jersey, there is an old cemetery. If you walk among the battered headstones you can read the names of many unsung heroes of the American Revolutio... (2264 Total Words)

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Black Mesa Battle Relics

By Clay Mills
From page 61 of the June, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The dark bulk of Black Mesa juts up from the east bank of the Rio Grande, across from the little settlement of San Marcia, New Mexico. In February 1862, Confederate General H. H. Sibley led his three brigades of cavalry around the north end of the... (237 Total Words)

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Black Robed Rulers

By William Klette
From page 28 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure Of The Black Priests Of Santa Isabel
Somewhere in a deep arroyo, or perhaps behind the crumbling walls of an old adobe, are alleged to be the riches of the Jesuit Order of New Spain.
Ten million dollars and thats a conservative es... (1841 Total Words)

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Black Water Treasure Mystery

By William Davids
From page 26 of the June, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was fall of 2004 and the Florida weather was beautiful. Not having any special projects to do, Don thought it was a perfect day for walking around locally and doing some dowsing in an area near the beach in a residential area that had not been ... (1185 Total Words)

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Black Widow Spiders Hunting Safely Despite Them

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 11 of the May, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It's been said before that a good definition of luck is opportunity meeting someone who is prepared for the encounter. So when I received permission to detect anywhere I wanted on the grounds of an 18th century farmhouse, I congratulated myself on... (1319 Total Words)

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Blackbeard S Loot

By John Minges
From page 56 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On January 16, 2004 East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, officially dedicated the Queen Annes Revenge Shipwreck Conservation Lab on its new west campus. This four thousand square foot lab will be used exclusively for the examina... (945 Total Words)

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Blackhills Rose Quartz

By Edward D Baier~
From page 35 of the February, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The majestic Black Hills of South Dakota, the nations oldest mountain range, ranks among the top five loca-tions in the United States for variety of minerals. Aside from gold, other mining activity has produced copper, tin, silver, lead, feldspar,... (1007 Total Words)

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Blazing Sun And Chilling Winds

By James G. Carnahan
From page 21 of the August, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A small portion of the treasure hunters time may be spent in research, but a greater portion will be spent in outdoor physical activity. Some searches may be only a short walking distance from home or vehicle, while other more ambitious pursuits may ... (1563 Total Words)
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Blazing Sun and Chilling Winds

By James G. Carnahan
From page 20 of the August, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A small portion of the treasure hunter's time may be spent in research, but a greater portion will be spent in outdoor physical activity. Some searches may be only a short walking distance from home or vehicle, while other, more ambitious pursuits ma... (1537 Total Words)
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Blinded On The Beach

By Jim Kerns
From page 58 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My wife and I drove down to Titusville, Florida, for a week's vacation in early December 1997 to visit relatives and friends. One morning we drove over to Indiatlantic Beach to meet and have lunch with Dick Getchen, a friend I attended high school... (756 Total Words)

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Blood At Cutthroat Gap

By David F. Crane
From page 83 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Kiowa Indians Silver Coin Cache
About a year after the Kiowas had attacked the dozen traders from Missouri, a group of Osage Indians raided and massacred the Kiowas in their camp. With the death of the Kiowas, the knowledge of the silver c... (645 Total Words)

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Blood In The Red River Valley

By Bill Kelly
From page 8 of the August, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bill Cooks claim to fame is that his entire $62,000 holdup loot is still buried in a former Oklahoma horse pasture. The Cook brothers, Bill and Jim, along with gang members Cherokee Bill, Henry Munson and Lon Gordon, were all bad medicine.

... (1257 Total Words)

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Blood Mountain's Hidden Cache

By The Old Prospector
From page 26 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere on top of Blood Mountain in Union County, Georgia, is a treasure guarded by a Nunnehi (Indian spirit) for safekeeping.
He must be doing his job, because he has kept his treasure hidden for almost 200 years.
In the early years follo... (869 Total Words)

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Blood, Sweat, Tears And Guts

By Jim Warnke
From page 14 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Elements of Treasure Hunting Success

The real reward for this treasure hunting couple is in the finding, not the selling.

We have all heard it many times before. Do a lot of research, get the owners permission and then go to the ... (1335 Total Words)

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Bloody Booty - The Lost Treasure of Pirate Ned Low

By Maria Da Silva
From page 18 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Story Title: The Lost Treasure of Pirate Ned Low Lead In: Ned Low, one of histories most bloodthirsty pirates, left behind a fortune that has laid unclaimed since he was hung for his countless crimes.  The Treasure: Perhaps as much as 20... (1098 Total Words)

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Bloody Loot On Barron's Island

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 21 of the March, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a dark morning of 1830, a band of pirates under command of Capt. Charles Gibbs landed in small boats on the sandy beach of Barron Island. Their mission - to bury $25,000 in specie stolen from the brig Vineyard. Another $5,000 had been jettisone... (1241 Total Words)

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Blue Bucket Full Of Gold

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 20 of the June, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several gold rushes resulted due to a single story told by pioneers who had lost their way while traveling through eastern Oregon. Prospectors and miners flooded the eastern Oregon region. Some made fortunes digging, flushing and panning the areas... (1338 Total Words)

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Blue Hills Treasure

By Danny Atchley
From page 17 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the country known as the Blue Hills in the Lost Valley, there are two lost treasures of considerable value. Both treasures should still be there. The Blue Hills are located in Lost Valley north and to the west of Jacksboro, Texas.

In the ... (1246 Total Words)

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Bluebeard's Gold

By T. W. Paterson
From page 9 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

VANCOUVER (CP)The body of a United States visitor who collapsed and died earlier this week in rugged country 30 miles east of here while on a vacation prospecting trip was carried out of the bush Friday by an eight-man RCMP party. Lewis Earl Hagbo... (3535 Total Words)

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Bob Creeks 40 Pound Secret

By Andy Horsfield
From page 50 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The following story is one that I have been researching for the past five years and is set near the town of Houston B.C. where I have resided for the past 30 years. This area is more commonly known as the Bulkley Valley District.
This region o... (983 Total Words)

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Bob Freeman - Civil War Relic Hunter

By Tom Vance
From page 18 of the August, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Research, according to relic hunter Bob Freeman, is the name of the game. Luck does play a part in any treasure-hunting venture, but the technique of thorough research is of utmost importance. Freeman is an all-year metal detecting veteran who spe... (2458 Total Words)

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Bob Herring's Burried Gold Coins

By Tim Casey
From page 32 of the November, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The hills of Oklahoma have been a haven for countless outlaw bands, particularly the region of the rugged Wichita Mountains in the southwestern part of the state. Between the Civil War and the turn of the century, renegade Indians, cutthroats, moo... (1527 Total Words)

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Bob Herring's Lost Gold

By Sharon Carter
From page 19 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A lot of people have searched the Wichita Mountains for assorted treasure, but nobody had any idea that a man named Bob Herring had cached $31,000 in gold on Flat Top Mountain in 1894. He kept the secret for more than 35 years. He was born in Eastlan... (738 Total Words)
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Boca Ration Gold

By Dick Burke
From page 59 of the March, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is antique gold offshore today at Boca Raton, Florida, a quiet seaside community midway between Deiray Beach and Pompano Beach on the states sun-burnished east coast.

For a starter, I know that when A-I-A (Ocean Boulevard) was re-buil... (445 Total Words)

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Boise Basin Search And Recovery Club

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 16 of the May, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A club with members on the go!
Back in 1965 a group of treasure hunters in Boise, Idaho decided they'd like to form a club. On opening day they signed up, some 55 - 60 people strong and named their group the Wampum Hunter Metal Detector Club.<... (1268 Total Words)

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Bombs, Bullets, And Balls - In Search Of Colonial Ordnance

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 29 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"...and the fort responded with grape and round..." It was an obscure line at best, but one that was destined to launch me on a hunt for colonial ordnance dating back to King George's War almost 250 years ago.Research had revealed th... (1171 Total Words)

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Bonanza At Coin Beach

By Ellsworth Boyd
From page 17 of the February, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beginning in the 1930s so many coins were found along a half-mile stretch of glistening sand near Lewes, Delaware, that the stretch of coastline came to be known locally as Coin Beach.

The coins found were mostly Irish and English halfpenni... (1256 Total Words)

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Bonnie And Clydes Missing Bank Loot

By Mike E Lowry
From page 20 of the February, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Does loot from the various bank robberies committed by Bonnie and Clyde lie buried in the fields near Dexter, Iowa?

The story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who won ill fame by robbing banks and killing people during the depression ye... (1234 Total Words)

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Bonnie Prince Charlie's Lost Money

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 40 of the September, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Great Britain has a history of squabbles and warfare between its kings, aristocracy and commoners. Scotland remained a hotbed of rebellion for years as England conquered the island kingdom and forged a nation of warriors and traders.

Charle... (908 Total Words)
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Boodle' Bundles

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 62 of the February, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Most local folks recall Boodle Lane as the man who piled up thousands of rocks in the front of a Main Street shop, selling them to tourists along Route 66. But to rock collectors today, Lanes legacy is recognized worldwide.

Because of Boodl... (760 Total Words)
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Book Review & Treasure Tip

By Marshall Dunham
From page 27 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Sundance Kid: The Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh
By Donna B. Ernst
Foreword by Dan Buck and Anne Meadows, University of Oklahoma Press, 2009
Separating fact from fiction about Harry Alonzo Longabaugh has been a life-long project f... (1533 Total Words)
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Book Reviews

By Lost Treasure Staff and Special Guest Reviewer
From page 32 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pirates – Predators of the Seas, An Illustrated History
By Angus Konstam with Roger Michael Kean
Reviewed by John Christopher Fine
Just when I thought nothing more could be written about pirates, a Scott and a Welshman surprised me ... (1383 Total Words)

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Book Reviews: From Jesse James to Underwater Treasures

By Lost Treasure Staff & Special Contributors
From page 24 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Tumbaga SagaBy Augustin Garcia-Barneche
Review by John Christopher Fine

Augustin Garcia-Barneche works with Daniel Frank Sedwick and, together, they have put together amazing auction catalogs of treasure and artifacts recovered from t... (2280 Total Words)

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Book Reviews: The Sport Diver's Guide To Sunken Treasure By David Finnern; Working The Surf With Fisher Metal Detectors By Russell Gish; A Visitor's Guide To The Texas Coastal Bend By Marilyn Bennett

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 29 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How to find: lost jewelry and coins with underwater detectors
So, you have that great new underwater detector. You have an idea of where youd like to take it. What you now need is practical, usable, instruction from a seasoned underwater trea... (771 Total Words)

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Book Where To Prospect For Gold In Alaska...by Ron Wendt, Book Special Report Placer Gold In The Northestern Us By Andy Maslowski, Hunt At Night With Bores One Lights

By Lost Treasure
From page 54 of the August, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Where To Prospect For Gold
In Alaska Without Getting Shot!
If youve ever wanted to look for gold in Alaska, but werent sure where to go, this book is for you. Its the first of its kind in Alaska.
Where To Prospect For Gold In Alaska W... (898 Total Words)

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