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Dan Hughes

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In the Treasure Corner - Gold Dollars

27 March 2015 - 10:48 PM

The first thing you notice about a gold dollar is how tiny it is - about a half inch across. And it weighs about 1/25 of an ounce, or about half the weight of a dime.

Then if you're especially perceptive, you might notice that Lady Liberty has the same facial outline as the Indian on the Indian head penny. Why? Because somebody was lazy....

The gold dollar was minted for just 41 years, from 1849 to 1889. But in that short time, its design was changed three times.

Its gold content is worth less than $60.00, but its collectible value can be over a quarter of a million dollars.

Why was the gold dollar made thinner in 1854? Why was it discontinued? What two factors caused its downfall? How did the Civil War affect our gold coin minting? Why were gold coins used more in the early 1850s than at any other time?

These questions and more are answered in the latest edition of In the Treasure Corner, at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - Coin Quiz

13 March 2015 - 08:29 AM

Here's a rapidfire quiz about coins. The questions are hard but fun, and the answers are given right after the questions are asked.

So if you want to make guesses as you go, keep your finger on the pause button and hit it just as soon as I finish reading the question.

Which of today's coins have the least amount of copper content? How many mints have been in Philadelphia since 1792?

Do you know what strange thing happens when you pay for a $3.59 purchase with a $20 bill?

What was the Buzzard coin? Who proposed our decimal money system? What were the modern-day era years of no mint marks?

Learn the answers to all of these and a lot more, in under five minutes.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

The $12,500 Metal Detector

27 February 2015 - 06:58 AM

New Minelab gold detector: $12,499.00
Most expensive Garrett gold detector: $799.95*

Is any detector worth twelve and a half thousand dollars? Are you buying more than just the parts that make up this machine? What exactly does "up to 40% more depth" mean?

On the other hand, if you live in gold country, one good find could pay for this machine. This is head-swimming territory, and I'm not sure how to handle it. What do YOU think?

*(To be fair, Garrett also has a deepseeker detector package at $3,280, but that one comes with two coils and several accessories and does much more than find gold.)

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - Counterfeit, or What?

13 February 2015 - 08:54 AM

The San Francisco mint, 1917.

Somebody was doing SOMETHING unauthorized with one of the new machines that made half dollars, and there were no clues as to who (or what?) was responsible.  The Secret Service to the rescue...

This is the exciting tale of the counterfeiter who didn't really counterfeit - or did he?  See what you think, as you listen to the story of Charlie Butler and the absolutely-perfect fifty-cent pieces he made on the sly.

The whole story is at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Ben Franklin Half Dollar

30 January 2015 - 03:57 PM

The Franklin half dollar was issued from 1948 through 1963. It was designed by John Sinnock, who died before the coin was issued. Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt dime.

Why was there a controversy about Sinnock's initials being on the coins? Was there a communist influence?

What did the ex-governor of Wyoming have to do with the Franklin half dollar?

Why did an arts commission recommend that the eagle be removed from the coin, and that the crack in the Liberty bell also be removed?

Why did the coin last just 16 years, when law mandated that coins remain unchanged for at least 25 years?

These questions and more are answered in the four-minute show at http://thetreasurecorner.com.