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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 21 2014 06:36 AM

Topics I've Started

Getting Permission from Farmers

21 November 2014 - 06:37 AM

John (not his real name) had a map that showed him where a long-ago 1850s schoolhouse had stood, and he knew the name of the farmer who owned the property.

John's dilemma: How to ask permission? What to do, what to say, what NOT to do or say?

In this show, I discuss the approach John used, and then I give my own thoughts on what John did right, and what he did that maybe wasn't so right, and what he could have done instead.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - eBay and the Treasure Hunter

07 November 2014 - 07:46 AM

It all started when a classmate of mine told me she'd bought her grandson some inexpensive civil war relics she'd found on eBay.  They were being offered by a treasure hunter who had found them with his metal detector.

And I thought, what a great idea!  We all have boxes or jars or buckets full of stuff we've dug that may not be worth anything to us, but just might be considered fun and exciting to non-treasure hunters.

So I did a little research, and what I found might surprise you.  I will tell you this much:  It didn't turn out quite the way I thought it would.  For the rest, just listen to the show.  (It's short - about 3 1/2 minutes).

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - Canadian Pennies

24 October 2014 - 06:10 AM

Canadian pennies! Most of us have found them with our detectors.

But did you know that for 15 years, they weren't round, but had 12 sides?

And that for 13 years they were made mostly of steel?

And that Canada hasn't made any pennies at all for almost three years?

All that and more in my latest show, at http://thetreasurecorner.com

When Stamps Were Coins

10 October 2014 - 05:58 AM

1862 was the year, and the only year, that postage stamps were used as coins.  

The Civil War was in full force, coins were hard to come by because they were used in the war effort (and people hoarded them), so in July 1862, the government okayed the use of stamps as legal tender.  

An enterprising businessman patented a brass shell for stamps, and he made a quick fortune with his little frame that turned stamps into coins.  

How long were they used? Why were they suddenly dropped?  What are they worth now?  Listen to the show for the answers.

It's at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Medal of Honor - Please Help!

26 September 2014 - 06:08 AM


Bill Shaffer's story: He found a Medal of Honor, it was taken from him under false pretenses, and now he has a chance to get it back.

But he needs your help!

The missing clue that may win the day for Bill's case is a photograph that was printed in a treasure magazine 30 years ago. Do you have a copy?

Listen to Bill's story at http://thetreasurecorner.com, and if you can help, buzz me at danhughesmail@gmail.com.

Thank you!