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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active May 21 2015 09:19 PM

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In the Treasure Corner - Metal Detecting and Celebrities

21 May 2015 - 09:20 PM


Meeting actress Kathy Garver made me wonder if any celebrities were into treasure hunting.

Kathy, who played big sister Cissy on the TV show Family Affair (with Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot, and two twins named Buffy and Jody - remember?), asked my advice on what detector would be good for a beginner. She sounded eager to get into the hobby!

So maybe we can convince her to join our ranks, and get her hands good and dirty on days when she's not on the soundstage.

This week's episode of In the Treasure Corner abounds with show biz glitz! So sit back and enjoy.

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

In the Treasure Corner - Have You Found a Million-Dollar Treasure?

07 May 2015 - 07:05 PM

Hey, you with the metal detector!  Wanna be a big star on a worldwide reality TV show?

I got a phone call yesterday from a casting associate for a new reality show about people who have suddenly come into a lot of money.

People who won the lottery, or invented a popular app, or received an unexpected inheritance - or found a treasure with a metal detector.

And she called me because she thought I might know of such a person, since I know a lot of, you know, treasure hunters and such.

If you fit the description of a person they're looking for, the podcast gives you the number to call.

And if you don't, you'll still enjoy the show.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - Secret Hiding Places

24 April 2015 - 06:02 AM

Not all hidden treasures are buried in the ground. I've seen many stories of treasures being found inside mattresses when an old person died, or inside walls when an old house was torn down.

In this show, I review a book that covers indoor hiding places. It was written to help you hide valuables inside homes or vehicles, but with reverse-engineering it becomes a book on finding cleverly-hidden treasures.

Several books have been written on this topic, and this one (The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places, by Jack Luger) is pretty representative of the bunch. If you're ever asked to search a house, this book will give you some ideas you would never have come up with on your own.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

In the Treasure Corner - And Then There Were None

09 April 2015 - 08:38 PM

Gerhard Fischer, Kenneth C. White, Charles Garrett, and Jack Gifford (Tesoro).

They are the four men who founded the four premier metal detector manufacturing companies in the United States.

And with the passing last week of Charles Garrett, we have lost all four.

This week's In the Treasure Corner podcast remembers these giants of the industry, and wishes time didn't pass quite so quickly as it does.

Give it a listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

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.