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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 27 2015 06:57 AM

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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.

Indoor Test Box

16 January 2015 - 08:05 AM

Are you itching to use that new detector you got for Christmas, but the ground is still frozen and snow-covered?

Don't waste the next couple of months just waiting for spring - teach yourself the fine points of using that new machine right now, before you ever dig a signal.

By setting up a test box in your living room, you can learn to recognize the good from the bad, and avoid many of the problems most newbies encounter.

This show gives you a ton of ideas on experiments you can conduct with your detector and a cardboard box. Learn how your machine reacts to various metallic items, learn to pinpoint and determine depth, learn to tell junk from good stuff, and a lot more. All in the comfort of your living room.

Take notes on this one! There's a lot of information here, and it's delivered in just three and a half minutes.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Just click the POD icon up top left, next to the show's number.

Coin Trivia

02 January 2015 - 06:58 AM

This episode of In the Treasure Corner began with a random discussion with my wife on the age of George Washington. I was able to figure it out without going to Google, because I know my American coins. And that led me to some other fascinating trivia about our coins.

How can your numismatic knowledge (or coin smarts) help you determine the birth years of our two most famous presidents?

Did you know that the figure represented on the Indian head penny is the same as the one on the Mercury dime?

Who was the first president to appear on common United States coins? The first non-president?

How many ridges are on a dime? A quarter? And why aren't there ridges on pennies and nickels?

Get all these answers, and more, in this four-minute show. Listen now at http://thetreasurecorner.com.