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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Aug 15 2014 08:41 AM

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Counterfeit coins

15 August 2014 - 08:41 AM

Wanna be a counterfeiter? Here's how!

From making your own coins from scratch, or altering dates on real coins, or combining two real coins into a third coin, counterfeit coins have been around since the first coins were minted in 600 BC.

The latest instance of fakery centers around the 1883-S Morgan dollar. Coin faces are shaved off, and then two halves are pressed together to make a "new" coin which is much more valuable than the two coins you started with.  (If that is hard to visualize, you'll see the photo when you click the link.)

Listen to the whole story at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Coin Roll Treasure

01 August 2014 - 10:16 AM

Mr. Doe had been collecting coins for over half a century, and he found a good many silver coins in half-dollar coin rolls he bought from banks around his home in New Orleans.

But he gave up the hobby a few years ago, when the silver pretty much dried up.

A knee replacement operation left him rehabbing in his easy chair, and rather than just vegetate, he took up his old hobby of coin roll hunting again.

And this show tells the story of his unbelievable find.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Sunken California Gold Rush Treasure

18 July 2014 - 07:43 AM

Here's a stranger-than-fiction story about sunken treasure.

In 1857, a ship loaded with millions of dollars worth of gold from the California Gold Rush sank, killing 430 passengers and crew members. End of story?  No.

Because in 1980, a guy from Ohio decided to search for the ship. He collected a lot of money from investors, and after several years of work, he found the ship and pulled millions of dollars worth of gold from it.

Then it gets interesting.  Seems he took all the money and ran, leaving his employees and his investors behind.  And he took his secretary (also his mistress) with him.

Here's the whole sordid story.  

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

First Finds by a Newbie

04 July 2014 - 07:09 AM

Remember your first detector?  Your first find?  Your first GOOD find?

This week's show is a look at my beginning, and the find that hooked me into this wonderful hobby forever.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

The Great Silver Dollar Sell-Off

20 June 2014 - 04:41 AM

The rare 1903-O (for New Orleans) silver dollar was worth a lot of money in the early 1960s.

Then several thousand of them were discovered in a vault at the Philadelphia mint, stored uncirculated in bags of a thousand each. Suddenly, their value dropped by two-thirds.

This show explains why the mint made more silver dollars than they needed for half a century, and why silver dollars are suddenly in demand every November.

And how, starting in November 1962, the Philadelphia mint sold millions of uncirculated old silver dollars that had been hidden away in its vaults.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.