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Dan Hughes

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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.

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.