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Brief History:

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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Metal Detector Field Test and Review - Teknetics Eurotek Pro

By Andy Sabisch
From page 55 of the June, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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More than 30 years ago, a company entered the metal detecting industry and introduced technology that raised the bar in terms of overall performance under a wide range of applications.  That company, with its legendary performance, was Teknetics.  Unfortunately having a first rate product is sometimes not enough to ensure a company's success and when the doors closed, First Texas Products purchased the name along with the their assets.  When the Teknetics name was brought back to life nearly 20 years later it was done with the introduction of the now-legendary T2 which once again, made the Teknetics name synonymous with exceptional performance and innovative features.Since the introduction of the T2, other models that spanned the mid-to-high end range were introduced



True Numismatics

By Will Gall
From page 59 of the February, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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Preserve Your Finds, Preserve History

Commercial numismatists almost always downgrade a found or dug coin, even when that coin is exceptionally detailed and professionally conserved. They are commercial dealers, after all, and anything bad for business is bad for them.



How To Find the Lost Saw Log Mine

By Art Redman
From page 16 of the February, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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Olof Olsen discovered a piece of quartz showing copper of several ounces weight from the butt end of a saw log. This find was made at the Prouty Lumber and Box Company located on Eighth Avenue in Seaside, Oregon, where Olson worked as a boom hand.
This reported discovery set off a large search party after it was reported in the Oregon Journal and Astoria newspapers during January 1915.



Field Tests - How To Know What They Really Mean

By Andy Sabisch
From page 11 of the February, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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The focus of this article will be on the content of field test reports covering pieces of equipment found in almost every issue of treasure magazines published over the past 50 years or so.



Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 49 of the February, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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As Old Man Winter starts to fade, another season of searching for lost valuables will soon be upon us. If your past results have fallen short of your expectations, this is an ideal time to step back and re-assess the equipment and techniques you have been using and make a few adjustments to boost your results this season.
If you are a newcomer to the hobby, I'd like to welcome you to the most exciting pastime on the planet and, hopefully, impart some tips and techniques that will get you started in the right direction.



Money Talk

By Frank Colletti
From page 41 of the February, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the 1960's (and prior), your paper dollars were backed by silver on deposit with the United States government. These “silver certificates” were redeemable on demand for silver from the Treasury's vaults.
During this time, many millions of silver dollars the Treasury had on hand from the 1800's through the 1930's were paid out in exchange for these certificates.
Finally, in 1964, the government decided they were terminating the exchange program and the silver certificates were replaced with Federal Reserve Notes, which were backed by the full faith of the US Government and not by silver.



Never Give Up

By Bill Gallagher
From page 36 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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As far as Sundays go, it was not turning out to be a very good one. Sundays are downtown Tampa days, and they are usually pretty productive, but this one, not so much. In fact, everywhere I hunted I hit the wall, zilch, trash, and it seemed as if I was going to be skunked.
What had I done to deserve this? Nothing, that’s what; I did nothing deserving a skunking, but it’s what I was getting for rising early and working strenuously for 5 or 6 hours. It was not fair, and all that.
I persevered though, and so did #2, who was not exactly getting skunked, but was not having a good day of it either. Perseverance is all that works anywhere, at any time, in anything, I can attest. Thank goodness something works, is all I can say.



Tools of the Trade - Prospecting the Pilbara Goldfield

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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I can’t count how many times over the years I have been asked, “Where is your favorite place to prospect in Australia?” I will be the first to admit that this is a tough question. I have traveled all across the country and have experienced nearly every climate and terrain Australia has to offer. The look and feel of each region varies greatly, and each is captivating in its own way.



Never Give Up

By Bill Gallagher
From page 36 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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As far as Sundays go, it was not turning out to be a very good one. Sundays are downtown Tampa days, and they are usually pretty productive, but this one, not so much. In fact, everywhere I hunted I hit the wall, zilch, trash, and it seemed as if I was going to be skunked.
What had I done to deserve this? Nothing, that’s what; I did nothing deserving a skunking, but it’s what I was getting for rising early and working strenuously for 5 or 6 hours. It was not fair, and all that.
I persevered though, and so did #2, who was not exactly getting skunked, but was not having a good day of it either. Perseverance is all that works anywhere, at any time, in anything, I can attest. Thank goodness something works, is all I can say.



Cache Tips and Tricks

By John Minges
From page 10 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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Back when I was a boy it was always exciting to watch a movie or TV show where one of the main characters would press a button and open a secret door that led to a hidden room or basement. 



Treasure Hunting Cranberry Farms

By Andrew Hind
From page 32 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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The changing foliage, from vibrant green to a painter’s palette of brilliant red, orange and yellow, and the cold snap that has you reaching for sweaters aren’t the only things that let you know that autumn has arrived.



Mendicant Michelangelos

By Jay Pastor
From page 23 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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Sometimes coins modified by tramps are more attractive or fitting than the original designs.



Those Disappearing Targets

By Bill Gallagher
From page 39 of the January, 2014 issue of Lost Treasure
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Have you ever gotten a good signal with your metal detector and then lost it while digging? This is a common complaint among metal detectorists old and new, and I don't know of anyone who has not experienced it. It is one of the most inexplicable and disconcerting of circumstances, and never welcome.
I have learned a few things about disappearing targets and I will pass them on here with hopes they will help you during your recovery efforts.
One thing that most people who have ever metal detected begin to understand right away is this: there is a lot of metal in the ground. Mucho Grande metal in the ground, senor.



How to Hunt Drive-In Movie Theaters

By By Jerry Eckhart
From page 24 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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You don’t see them a lot anymore, but in parts of the nation they are making a comeback. I am talking about those large skeletons of what were once popular hangouts for adults and teens alike. 

From their early inception until the 1980’s, when they began to close, drive-in movie theaters were popular entertainment centers for all ages. They provided a casual setting for families and dating teenagers alike. 

Families would spread blankets in front of their cars and relax while watching the movie. Some would back their pickups with the bed facing the screen and stretch out in the back. On weekends every space was filled with cars, and each space was a place for coins to be lost. 



Missing and Abandoned Island Treasure

By Pat Hughes
From page 44 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Missing and Abandoned Island Treasure

By Pat Hughes



American Silver Eagles

By Frank Colletti
From page 53 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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American Silver Eagles

By Frank Colletti



Missing and Abandoned Island Treasure

By Pat Hughes
From page 44 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Missing and Abandoned Island Treasure

By Pat Hughes



Tools of the Trade - Hunting Sidewalks

By By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the December, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Over the past few months we've covered the subjects of identifying, sorting, cleaning, appraising and, if desired, selling your finds. Based on the positive feedback I've received, it looks like that information was useful to a great many of you and I appreciate your feedback attesting to that.



Get To The Point

By Joe Patrick
From page 6 of the November, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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“Hey Scott...whatcha got?”
“Another Indian Head,” he replies. “Well, that must make about 30 between us so far today.”
“Awesome site, eh?”
A few minutes pass and now it’s my turn, as my headphones signal a distinct, round coin-sound at the base of a huge Oak tree. Upon careful excavation, I see and retrieve a 1906 Barber dime. A few feet away, I hear another ‘solid’ signal and this time, I retrieve a 1906 Barber quarter!



Tools of the Trade - Maddie’s Unexpected Find

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the November, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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I had to stop digging for a moment to wipe the sweat from my eyes. The salt burned as I quickly tried to rub it away with my shirt sleeve. Although the pine needles and loamy soil beneath my feet were easy enough to dig, the humidity felt as if it had doubled within the last ten minutes. I looked off towards the east and could see a dark wall of clouds building. This was a typical July afternoon in central Arizona. The rainy season was in full swing, and this time of day the Monsoon’s always rolled in like clockwork. The storm that was churning off in the distance would bring precious moisture and hopefully a much needed drop in temperature. I glanced down at my four year-old daughter; Madeline. She was still hard at work scanning the freshly dug hole with her pin-pointer.