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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Oct 10 2014 05:55 AM

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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!

Do You Recognize this Magazine?

20 September 2014 - 06:07 PM

I got an email from a person looking for a specific magazine:

"I am looking for a magazine from 1980-1985 with an article where a man had written in from AZ by the name of Bill Shaffer, who had discovered a star shaped medallion and was wondering if they knew what it was."

If any of you magazine collectors recognize this, please let me know what magazine and issue so we can help this fellow.

Thank you!

18 Coins in 10 Minutes

12 September 2014 - 06:15 AM

Eighteen coins in 10 minutes with no detector, no pinpointer, and no digging tools?

At first blush, that sounds pretty great. Not really, as you'll realize when you hear the story.

And though the results of this one particular experience are not as earthshaking as they seem, the METHOD used to obtain the results has tons of potential.

And THAT is what this story is all about.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Six Years Old!

29 August 2014 - 07:34 AM

In the Treasure Corner is Six Years Old!

Six years ago, I decided to start a treasure hunting podcast. Other such podcasts had come and gone, most of them dying after half a dozen episodes at best.

And, truth be told, they deserved an early death. They were virtually unlistenable. Long pointless chatter, usually two or more guys laughing at their own private jokes, the content bouncing back and forth between painful and pointless. Totally unscripted and lasting a half hour or longer, with maybe two minutes of actual information scattered within the chaff. They reminded me of what one of my broadcasting instructors said seemed to be the standard rule: "Keep talking until you think you've said something."

My show (brag alert!) was different. It is completely scripted, with just one voice, and a scant three to five minutes for most episodes. It has had nearly 400,000 downloads.

And it has lasted for six years and 157 episodes.

In this birthday episode, I discuss the number of people who listen, where they are from, and how they listen. I list the most popular episodes, and I point you to past episodes that you really should hear.

They are all at: http://thetreasurecorner.com.