In the Corner with Dan Hughes (treasure)
CLICK THE "POD" ICON TO LISTEN! (Not the Title). To Subscribe to Individual Feeds: TREASURE: http://danhughes.libsyn.com/rss/treasure - SOFTBALL: http://danhughes.libsyn.com/rss/softball - OLDTIME RADIO: http://danhughes.libsyn.com/rss/oldtimeradio - EMAIL:danhughesmail@gmail.com

Why was the first mint established in Philadelphia instead of Washington, D.C.? 

Why did we abandon the shillings-and-pounds money of our homeland? 

By federal law, the portrait of whom (or what) had to appear on all United States coins? 

Who was the first president to appear on a regularly-circulated United States coin? 

And what four coins authorized by the original Coinage Act of 1792 are no longer minted for circulation? 

Hear the answers to all these questions, and more, in this fast-moving three-minute program. 

By the way, this photo is of the very first United States Mint in Philadelphia, which operated from 1792 until 1833.

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 147mint-coins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:45 AM
Comments[0]

The biggest question about the Saddle Ridge Hoard (1,427 gold coins shallowly buried in seven metal cans) is, Why did the finders publicize their find? 

Was that a stupid move, or a smart one? 

This show explains the reasoning behind the public announcement, and it also discusses a few theories on how the coins got there in the first place.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.  And if you buy my book and would like it autographed, just let me know when you order.

Direct download: 146moresaddleridge.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:48 AM
Comments[0]

The largest treasure hoard ever found was discovered by accident by an anonymous couple in California. While walking their dog, they saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. 

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed this metal can containing 170 gold pieces.  More digging and seven cans later, their trove was worth ten million dollars.

Where did it come from? 

Was it stolen loot from a stagecoach or bank? 

Was it buried by a rich but eccentric miser? 

Can they keep it all?  Can they keep ANY of it?

And why did they wait a year to report it?

Please check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and read some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, at http://treasuremanual.com.

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at http://danhughes.net/indext.htm.

Direct download: 145saddleridgehoard.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:57 AM
Comments[1]

Canada did something really weird a couple of weeks ago.  They did away with pennies.

As of February 4, banks could no longer get pennies from the mint.  In fact, they have to turn in all their pennies.  And merchants can no longer give pennies in change. 

Basically, Canada is trying to get all pennies out of circulation, and be done with them forever.  Like we did with half-cents back in 1857.

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at http://danhughes.net/indext.htm.

Direct download: 144canadapennies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:12 AM
Comments[0]

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it. 

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper. 
 
And we all know what those zinc pennies look like when they've been in the ground a while - will the same fate soon befall our nickels too? 

This photo shows the experimental nickels.  (They don't have the markings of regular nickels, because the mint doesn't want collectors clamoring for them.)

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at http://danhughes.net/indext.htm.

Direct download: 143nickels.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM
Comments[0]

Clues to treasure may be where you least expect them.  We all know about poring over old county history books and old school yearbooks, looking for places to metal detect.

But here's another source, just for YOU, because few other people have access to this private source:  Your old family photographs! 

Next time you go through those old photograph albums, ask yourself a new question as you flip the pages:  Can this picture lead me to a treasure-hunting area? 

I offer you several ideas in this week's podcast.  Give yourself four minutes to check out this program.

(And yes, that's me with my little sister, about 1953.)

While you're here, check out my free treasure articles and my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 142familyphotos.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:54 PM
Comments[0]

One of the first "old" coins many of find when we begin metal detecting is the Indian head penny.

Why did the Flying Eagle cent, which preceded the Indian head penny, last just three years? 

Who was used as a model for the Indian on the penny? 

And which Indian head penny is worth a thousand dollars, even in not-so-great condition?

These questions and more are all answered in this week's show.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 141indianheadpenny.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM
Comments[3]

This special New Year's edition of In the Treasure Corner tells you how to earn over 2,000 percent a year on your money, AND what you can easily do to earn $360 an hour!

But wait a minute, you say!  There must be a catch, right? 

Well, of COURSE there's a catch!  Do you think if I could do those things regularly I'd waste my time on treasure podcasts?  No way!

So join the fun and check it out. 

And help Dan earn his high percentage rate faster by buying his book now!  Details at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 140interest.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:38 AM
Comments[0]

For the last show of 2013, we (really just me, but "we" makes me sound more important) tie up some odds and ends, and add a P.S. or two to some earlier shows. 

We (I) also give a well-deserved plug to fellow treasure hunter and writer Dick Stout, whose handsome picture graces this page. Check out his blog at http://stoutstandards.wordpress.com.

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 139yearend.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:25 AM
Comments[0]

My best find ever?  That's easy.  Twenty-eight thousand bucks.  I kid you not!  And no metal detector was involved.

This show is about things found without the use of electronic locating devices. 

From finding a dozen golf balls one morning 52 years ago, to finding 19 softballs in five minutes nine weeks ago, here are stories of what you might find when you just watch the ground when you're out walking.

What have YOU found without a detector?  I'll bet you've got some stories, too.

Let me recommend the perfect gift for your treasure hunting friends: The Metal Detecting Manual!  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 138detectorlessdetecting.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:58 AM
Comments[0]

Yet another congressman has initiated a bill to do away with the dollar bill.  Instead, we would all use dollar coins. 

Hey, it works in Canada!  Would it work here?

Well, it WOULD save the government a cool 5 1/2 billion dollars over a 30-year period.

Find out who's for it, and who's against it, in this show.

Let me recommend the perfect gift for your treasure hunting friends: The Metal Detecting Manual!  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 137dollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:22 AM
Comments[2]

What do President Jimmy Carter, singer Cyndi Lauper, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, and explorer Admiral Byrd have in common?

They all autographed books (or in Cyndi's case, a CD) that I found for sale in thrift shops.

This show tells you the secrets of finding valuable autographs where nobody would expect them to be - on the bookshelves of Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 136autographedbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:28 AM
Comments[0]

Teddy Roosevelt didn't like Charles Barber.  Teddy thought outside the box.  He wanted to hire a famous sculptor to design our penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar, all in one fell swoop. 

But Charles Edward Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States, had the call, and he designed all of those (except the penny) himself.  And a lot of people thought he did a pretty poor job of it.

Barber, and his father before him, together occupied the position of Chief Engraver for 48 straight years, so the Barber influence was felt in this country for a LONG time.

The story is here, In the Treasure Corner.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 135barber.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:20 AM
Comments[0]

Thirty of our states issued Tax Tokens during the depression. 

But by the end of World War II, most of them were gone.  And there are few people alive today who know they ever existed. 

Except for us treasure hunters who dig them up, of course.

They were round with holes in the middle, they were square, they were made of compressed paper, or zinc, or aluminum, or brass or copper.  They came in many sizes and denominations, all of them worth less than a penny.

In this week's episode of In the Treasure Corner, we take a look at State Tax Tokens.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 134taxtokens.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:42 AM
Comments[0]

The Roosevelt dime was designed by John Sinnock, who was the chief engraver of the United States Mint when Roosevelt died. 

He said he based the design on a Roosevelt medal he had designed four years earlier. 

But others believe he used the design of an African-American sculptress named Selma Burke, who had been commissioned to design a Roosevelt plaque in 1944. 

The design on the left is Sinnock's original, and the one on the right is Burke's.  Which one looks the most like the Roosevelt dime to you?

And why in the world would a rumor start that the JS below Roosevelt's neck stood for someone much more sinister than John Sinnock?  Listen to the show for the answers!

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 133roseydime.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:27 AM
Comments[0]

Did you know our Jefferson nickel was designed by a man who fought against the United States in World War I? 

Felix Schlag was a German soldier in that war, but in 1929 he became an American, and in 1938 his design was chosen for the Jefferson nickel. 

The back of his nickel looked rather goofy, and he was instructed to redesign it.  (The photo is Schlag's original design.)

The Jefferson nickel might never have been, except for the problems the Buffalo nickel was causing. 

And the prize money Mr. Schlag won for his design was just about enough to pay for his wife's funeral. 

This podcast tells these and other fascinating tales about the history of the Jefferson nickel.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 132jeffersonnickel.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:47 AM
Comments[0]

Five years of In the Treasure Corner under my belt! 

In this annual birthday show, I discuss which shows have been listened to most, who's listening, and where those listeners are. 

The most-listened-to show of the past three years?  A bit of a curiosity!  But the show in second place is no surprise at all.  We take a quick look at eight of the most-listened episodes of all time.

And in this show, I'll point you to an episode of In the Treasure Corner that you should be sure to hear if you haven't already -it could increase your finds dramatically.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 131fiveyears.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:07 AM
Comments[2]

Three times her design for the new Washington quarter was recommended for approval by the George Washington Bicentennial Committee and the United States Fine Arts Commission.

Three times the Secretary of the Treasury turned her down without explanation.

This is the story of Laura Gardin Fraser, and the United States quarter that never was.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 130fraserdime.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:53 AM
Comments[0]

Did little Hallie Daggett really spend a shiny new 1894-S Barber dime for a dish of ice cream? 

The same 1894-S dime that just sold for over 2 million dollars? 

Why are they so valuable?  Where are the 15 missing ones?  Can you find one? 

Answers are at the Treasure Corner.  Check it out!

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 129dime1894s.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:38 AM
Comments[0]

To some treasure hunters, Ermal Fraze is despised. 

Why?  Because he invented the pulltab. 

Many coinshooters and ring hunters hate his invention, but I celebrate it. 

Because if there were no pulltabs, I'd never find a gold ring.

The history of the pulltab is fascinating.  Check it out!

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 128pulltabs.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:55 AM
Comments[0]

Somebody asks you to use your metal detector to hunt for his mother's wedding ring.  He describes it, and where she lost it a decade ago, and you recognize it because you found it three years ago, and sold it to a gold dealer.

What do you tell this person?

You're digging in your own yard and you find a human skeleton.  Do you tell the authorities?  Even if you know it's going to cost you $5,000, like it did a Canadian citizen a few weeks ago? 

Ethical dilemmas, morality problems.  What to do?

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 127ethics.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:32 AM
Comments[1]

My doctor told me I had to lose weight when I was diagnosed with diabetes.  So I did, much to his surprise. 

I found it pretty easy, and if you need to drop some pounds, diabetic or not, listen to this show.  This is the diet that has worked for me for over a decade, and has totally eliminated all my diabetic symptoms too.

PLUS, a report on a study that shows how you can cut your exercise time in half and still lose three times as much weight as you would have lost the old way.

And no, I'm not selling anything!  (Well, except my Metal Detecting Manual, of course, but this stuff isn't in the book.)

Oh, and speaking of my book...

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 126diet.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:14 AM
Comments[0]

John Sutter was a poor California settler who got rich when he found gold at his mill.  Right?  Nope!  In fact, that's almost exactly backwards. 

Listen to how Sutter lost his fortune, and nearly his life, because of the discovery of gold on his land. 

And marvel at how close he came to owning both San Francisco and Sacramento. 

For more articles about metal detecting and treasure hunting, and for a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 125sutter.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:52 AM
Comments[0]

This week, a show for geeks only, as I describe the equipment and methods I use to produce In the Treasure Corner.

Though I use a $300 microphone, there's another mic almost as good that you can buy for $33.00.  With this USB mic and some free software you can download from the internet, you can produce your own professional-sounding podcast. 

The photo shows the audio track of the show as seen on the computer screen, my small mixer, and my microphone in its sound-isolating box.

So if you'd like to know how my shows are produced, and maybe pick up some tips on how to do your own show, give a listen to this four-minute explanation.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 124behindscenes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:29 AM
Comments[3]

Attention, coinshooters:  Do you find more nickels, or dimes?

Do you find more wheatback pennies, or quarters?

Do you know?  Do you keep ratio records?

Here are my percentages over the years, and some reasons as to why they are what they are. 

.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 123coinratios.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:55 AM
Comments[0]

Pity the stupid counterfeiter. 

Francis Leroy Henning had a brilliant idea - instead of counterfeiting something valuable (he had already been busted for making fake $5.00 bills), why not make some fake nickels?  Who pays attention to small change?  Who would notice?

Unfortunately, he made a small mistake.  And ended up dumping 400,000 counterfeit nickels into two rivers.  Most of them are still there.

This one is indeed hard to believe.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 122fakenickels.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:35 PM
Comments[0]

This photograph caught my eye the other day.

A Garrett metal detector, put together like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, like Bizarro, with most of the parts but just put together crazily. The shaft upside down, the coil cord running directly from the coil to the control box, instead of being wrapped around the rod.

Turns out this is a counterfeit Garrett, made in China. And some of these fakes have found their way into the United States.

Here's the story.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 121fakes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:43 PM
Comments[0]

A newbie recently asked me to send him any leads I might have on buried treasures or lost mines in his area. 

And it hit me that when I was a newbie, I dreamed of finding the Big One, too.

Only after learning the basics do we realize that metal detecting brings lots of small treasures, seldom really big ones. 

And what do we do when we discover this Truth?

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 120ads.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:23 PM
Comments[0]

How much do you know about the coins you're finding? 

How many presidents have appeared on our coins? 

How many non-presidents? 

Who were they? 

Here's a fun little quiz to test your powers of observation.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 119coinfacts2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:17 AM
Comments[0]


Many of us have found, and returned, rings. 

Here's a genuine rags-to-riches story of a homeless man who returned a ring, and came out a lot better in the end than anyone could ever imagine.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 118ring.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:00 PM
Comments[0]

The other day I got a letter in the mail, handwritten, from a treasure hunter in Nevada.

He was working on a lead, and he needed help finding two old magazines that might contain information that will help him in his search.

As I read his letter, I realized how difficult this man was making it for himself by avoiding the world of computers.

This show tells that story.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 117internet.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:19 PM
Comments[1]

When you skip over pulltabs, you skip over gold rings.  It's as simple as that. 

I found more gold in one year with my primitive, non-discriminating metal detector than I've found in the past 30 years. 

How should you set your detector if you want a shot at those gold rings? 

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 116disc.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:16 PM
Comments[0]

Last month, the United States Mint submitted a 400-page report to Congress that could make the coin identification circuitry of our metal detectors obsolete.

A move is afoot to save the government big bucks by changing the metal composition of our coins. 

No longer would a penny be a zincoln.  No longer would our dimes and quarters be made from the 92% - 8% copper-nickel ratio we use now. 

And metal detectors that are programmed to recognize our current coins would be mightily confused with different metal formulations.

This is a photo of a prototype quarter, made from a metal formulation that would give it a yellow or golden hue. (NOTE:  The picture and wording are random because the mint didn't want to create "collectible" experimental coins).

Is this the future of our United States coinage system?

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 115coinmetals.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:47 AM
Comments[0]

A few days ago, I got an email from a treasure hunter who asked me to boycott the new dollar coins. 

Well, for starters, there aren't any new dollar coins. 

Turns out this was one of those email chain letters that just keep going and going.  Worse, it was designed to mislead people, and make them mad.

I tell the story in this show.

Direct download: 115boycottcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:13 AM
Comments[1]

Why do some coins have smooth rims and others have rims that look like sawteeth? 

Why is our paper money all the same size, but our coins all different sizes? 

What two United States coins existed at the same time and were worth the same amount, but looked completely different and even had different names? 

And what does this dateless buffalo nickel have to do with this show?

These questions and more are answered in the latest edition of In the Treasure Corner.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 113facts.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:05 AM
Comments[0]

Even people who know little about treasure hunting have heard of the Lost Dutchman's Mine. 

And several people have lost their lives trying to find it.

Just last week, the remains of a treasure hunter who disappeared while searching for the mine three years ago were found in the Superstition Mountains.

Here are parts of some of the 62 different versions of the tale of the Lost Dutchman's Mine, to give you a brief idea of what this is all about.

Direct download: 112dutchman.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:18 PM
Comments[0]

Nudity!  Murder!  Suicide! And sixty-five years in an insane asylum!  All of these things are involved in the lurid story of … the Mercury dime?

Did you know that the first nude movie actress in Hollywood posed for at least one, probably two, United States coins?

Did you know that the portrait on the Mercury dime is not only not the Roman god Mercury, it isn't even a male?

Did you know that the real Mercury had wings on his sandals, not his head?

And do you know what mythical character appeared on more United States coins than all other subjects (presidents, statesmen, historical figures) combined?

You'll know all that and more after you listen to this program.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 111mercdimes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:00 AM
Comments[2]

From 1999 to 2008, every state in the union was honored with its own state quarter. 

Five a year for ten years, and then six bonus coins, for Washington, DC and the United States territories.

These coins can still be found in general circulation, and some of them are worth money.

This episode of In the Treasure Corner describes how the series came to be, and tells you about a few of the coins that are worth much more than their face value.

Direct download: 110statequarters.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:10 PM
Comments[0]

Have you written your metal detecting or treasure hunting book yet? 

Too hard, you say? 

Nah. 

If Michael Lotito can eat this Cessna 150 (he did!), you can write a book. 

Because the method is the same - eat a plane, or write a book, one tiny bite at a time. 

Here's how I write my books, and how you can do it too.

Direct download: 109writingbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:37 PM
Comments[0]

The Buffalo nickel first appeared in 1913, a year later than planned.  In this podcast, you'll learn what caused the delay, and why the coin design was changed midway through the first year of its issue. 

The identity of the Indian, and the identity of the buffalo (which isn't a buffalo) are both still somewhat of a mystery today. 

Here's the story.

Direct download: 108buffalo.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:14 PM
Comments[0]

I used to write regularly for Treasure Quest magazine.  I subscribed to Treasure and Treasure Search and Treasure Found and True Treasure and Treasure World. 

What do these magazines have in common?  None of them exist now. 

Why did they all disappear? 

In this episode of In the Treasure Corner, we examine several reasons that magazines find it difficult to survive today.

Direct download: 107obitformags.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:36 PM
Comments[0]

What was the first coin you ever found with a metal detector?  For the great majority of us, it was a Lincoln penny.  There are more Lincoln pennies out there right now than all the other coins combined.

How much do you know about the Lincoln cent? 

Who was responsible for its being issued? 

Why was it such a gutsy move? 

Why Lincoln? 

And who was Viktoras Barnauskas and why was he important?

These questions and more are answered in this program about the lowly Lincoln penny.

And please check out the ad for my book (which I wrote myself) (the ad AND the book) at http://treasuremanual.com.  Guaranteed to make you chuckle!

P.S.  Thanks to eagle-eyed (or rather, eagle-eared) Coin Magnet of coinhunting.net for catching a mistake in the show - I said "buffalo nickel" when I should have said "Liberty nickel." 

Direct download: 106lincolncent.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:10 PM
Comments[2]

This show covers lots of common questions beginners ask. 
What detector should I buy? 
Where should I hunt? 
How can I get better depth? 
What if a policeman approaches me?  Uh-oh!
Get your pencil and papers ready, here are all the answers.

And here's the complete index:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 105getsmartquick.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:26 PM
Comments[0]

Oh no, another birthday!  Rather, two birthdays.

My show is four years old, and I'm 65. 

In this birthday episode, I look back on previous shows and recommend a few you might have missed. And I'll tell you the top three downloaded shows since the series began.

I also discuss the new program index, which is at http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

Direct download: 104-4yearsold-t.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:30 PM
Comments[2]

NOTE:  A COMPLETE INDEX TO ALL THE "IN THE TREASURE CORNER" SHOWS IS NOW POSTED AT:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

Roy Volker was a prospector, a diver, and a professional treasure hunter. 

Dick Richmond was a newspaper writer and a good friend of Roy's.

Together, they wrote a classic book on treasure hunting.  Short but packed with great advice, TREASURE UNDER YOUR FEET came out in 1974. 

The book consists of 26 chapters covering all aspects of treasure hunting, from coinshooting to relics to sunken ships to ghost towns.  Eight of the chapters were written by "guest experts," so you're getting ten authors here for the price of one.

Long out of print but easy to find on the internet, this book will whet your appetite for your next hunt.

For a look at MY book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 103volker.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:13 PM
Comments[0]

NOTE:  A COMPLETE INDEX TO ALL THE "IN THE TREASURE CORNER" SHOWS IS NOW POSTED AT:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

The chart here shows average North American temperatures for the past century, with the heavy line showing the rise since 1975.  Let the politicians argue why - what concerns us is how to handle the changes.

As heat becomes oppressive, people have a harder time coping.  So this is the perfect time to know that CPR rules have changed.  It's a lot easier now - no breathing into the mouth of the victim, no switching activities while you work to save a life.  Just chest compressions. 

This show explains how you can give CPR without taking a course, and without carrying an instruction sheet in your wallet.

So invest less than three minutes to save a life. Listen to this show.

Please.

Direct download: 102treasurecpr.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:19 PM
Comments[2]

When the temperature outdoors tops 100 degrees, and the ground is hard enough to break your Lesche digger, it's time to change your treasure hunting tactics. 

In this show, I discuss a couple of ways you can continue your metal detecting without breaking your tools, or harming the grass, or overworking yourself into a stroke or worse.

For more secrets of treasure hunting and a look at my book on metal detecting, visit my site:  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 101heat.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:42 PM
Comments[0]

This is the 100th program from In the Treasure Corner, and instead of discussing metal detecting this time, I give you an inside view of how and why this show exists. 

Why do I do the show? 

Why is each episode so short? 

Why are there no guests or co-hosts, or groups of people around the microphone for rousing discussions? 

Get the inside scoop - give this episode a listen.

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

(NOTE: I'm having trouble posting the automatic player here - please click the POD icon up top left, or the  "Direct download" link below to hear the program.)

Direct download: 100onehundred.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:08 PM
Comments[2]

I was just five minutes late for the Buy of the Century. 

At a Goodwill store in Plainfield, Indiana, I saw a treasure hunting newbie buy a like-new Minelab Sovereign metal detector for $14.98.

I was luckier a few years ago, when I scored a Teknetics Coin Computer detector for ten dollars at a garage sale.  This is a machine that sold new for $749.95 (I found an old ad after I recorded the podcast).

In this podcast, I talk about thrift shops, yard sales, and flea market finds.

What great finds have you made at thrift shops and yard sales?  I'd love to hear from you!

For a few of my articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 099treasurebargains.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:24 PM
Comments[1]

A couple of shows ago we talked about the cost of other sports and hobbies that make metal detecting look like a bargain. 

The response to that show was phenomenal.  Listen to what people wrote me about the cost of their other pastimes. 

You'll never complain about the cost of a metal detector again.

For more articles about treasure hunting and a baldfaced ad for my metal detecting book, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 098mdcost2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:23 PM
Comments[1]

Though you should never use a rock tumbler to clean collectible coins, there are times when a tumbler can help you in your metal detecting hobby. 

This podcast tells you how.

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, check out http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 097tumbler.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:23 AM
Comments[1]

Metal detecting is probably the most expensive hobby ever, right? 

No, not right!  Not at all. 

Compare our hobby to bowling, fishing, softball, golf - and folks, it ain't so bad.

Here are some numbers to pass on to the little lady (or in some cases, for the little lady to pass on to her significant other) when he/she raises an eyebrow at the cost of that metal detector.

Check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and read a few free articles about treasure hunting while you're there.

Direct download: 096mdcost.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM
Comments[0]

Treasure hunter Aaron Marcy says it's like playing the lottery, except if you don't win, you get all your money back.  

It's called Kitchen Table Koinshooting, it was "invented" by legendary treasure hunter Karl von Mueller, and anybody can play.  

This show tells you how. 

(THIS JUST IN - One listener tells me that for the past four years, he has averaged 150 silver coins per year with this method).

The photo is the cover of a pamphlet written by Karl under his psuedonym Deek Gladson.

For articles on getting better depth with your metal detector, what accessories you should be using, and much more, including a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 095kitchentable.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:00 PM
Comments[1]

Back in show #77, we talked about business cards for treasure hunters.  In this show, we take another look at the do's and don't's of business cards. 

Why a card can be TOO good-looking, why it can scare people away, with several tips about what NOT to put on your treasure hunting business card.

For more tips on treasure hunting and using a metal detector, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 094businesscards2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:29 AM
Comments[0]

Here's how you can apply 19th century philosophy to 21st century treasure hunting. 

The profits made from the ideas in this program were responsible for the founding of Temple University, and the lecture from which they came was as famous in its day as the Gettysburg Address and the Bill of Rights.  ("Its day" being the late 1800s through the early 1900s.) 

Confused? 

Listen to the show and it will all be clear.

For more tips on treasure hunting, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 093acres.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:21 PM
Comments[1]

Coin World magazine is well worth a look by treasure hunters. 

In recent issues, you'd have learned that because our pennies and nickels cost more to make than they're worth, we may be getting new pennies and nickels, unlike anything we've seen before.

And yet another bill has been introduced in Congress to replace dollar bills with dollar coins - this one sponsored by two heavyweight senators, Iowa's Tom Harkin and ex-presidential candidate John McCain.

And for our friends in Canada - it looks like there will be a new loony, replacing the current one.  It will be lighter and made of multi-ply steel. 

These stories and more, in this edition of In the Treasure Corner.

Warm weather will soon be here - you need a copy of my book!  Check it out at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 092coinworld.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:01 AM
Comments[0]

Facebook users are under 13 years old, and over 100.

Soon, there will be one billion members.  That's three times as many Facebook users as there are people in the United States.

With all this activity, there is bound to be something for the metal detecting community there.

In this show, we take a look at how treasure hunters can use Facebook to do things besides laugh with friends and insult enemies.

For more tips on metal detecting and treasure hunting, and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual,  visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 091treasurefacebook.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:07 PM
Comments[2]

A "reality" treasure hunting TV show is due to air in the spring, and it looks like a doozy. 

A pro wrestler, his "enforcer" son, and his wife from Joisey (that's how some people say New Jersey) comprise the team that will "convince" homeowners to let them dig up their property - with a bulldozer. 

As Dave Berry says, I am NOT making this up.

I also discuss a reality treasure show that is now available on the internet.  The URL is http://exploringhistorystreasures.com.  (And the URL to purchase the downloads is here.)

Check out my own reality at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 090-reality2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM
Comments[5]

Reality TV!  Has anything ever been so misnamed? 

Twice last year I was approached by reality television producers looking for a host for their proposed treasure hunting shows.

In this podcast, I explain what they wanted to do, and why I turned them down. 

For some REAL reality, read my book, The Metal Detecting Manual (http://treasuremanual.com).

Direct download: 089reality1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:02 AM
Comments[4]

Can a small town library really help you find places to hunt for old coins and relics? 

You bet! 

In this show, learn which parts of the library seem to help but really don't, and which parts can actually lead you to local treasure.

And check out my tips on how to find valuable, useful information in your library that remains hidden to other people.

For more metal detecting secrets, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 088smalllibraries.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:05 AM
Comments[0]

Recently (show #83), we looked at the attempt of some members of congress to phase out dollar bills and replace them with dollar coins. 

But in a sudden about-face, the White House has announced that the dollar coins will be virtually eliminated, except for those made for collectors. 

That is, they will not compete with paper money now. 

Listen to this show for the details.

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, check out http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 087byedollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:30 AM
Comments[0]

I love thrift shops.  They have given me many books and magazines that now occupy places of honor in my treasure library. 

In this podcast, I discuss resale store treasure hunting.  I also describe a magazine I recently picked up at a Goodwill store - a magazine with an article that virtually screams, "Get your old coins here - nothing newer than 1900!"

Well, mostly coins older than 1900, anyway. 

Because this once-prosperous village pretty much died when it was left an orphan by the railroad in 1873. 

And no, it's not in the old west.  Ghost towns can be found in virtually every state, and this one is in Indiana.

Christmas is here, and you probably know someone who would love a copy of my book The Metal Detecting Manual.  Check it out at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 086thriftshops.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:30 AM
Comments[0]

Two short shows instead of one long one this week. 

First, an addendum to my earlier program about headphones for treasure hunters. And here's some info about the five-dollar headphones I talk about in the show(though they are more than $5.00 here):  http://tinyurl.com/6vc5m2z

Then, a look at a book written in 1860, and why it sparked my treasure hunting instincts.

For more of my articles about treasure hunting, and a look at my book on metal detecting, click to http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 085update.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:47 AM
Comments[1]

Karl von Mueller was a mystery man.  His real name was Dean Miller.  He sometimes wrote as Deek Gladson.  But he mostly called himself Karl. 

He began his treasure hunting career in the 1920s, and he was still active well into the 1980s. 

Some of his books sell for several hundred dollars nowadays.  Little information is available on Karl, and if you have something to add please click the Comments button below and let us hear from you.

Listen to this show for info on Karl, and some of his insights on keeping your mouth shut.

For more stories and articles about how to become a better treasure hunter, visit my website http://treasuremanual.com.

UPDATE - THANKS TO THE DETECTIVE WORK OF ONE OF OUR LISTENERS, WE HAVE CONFIRMED THE BIRTH/DEATH DATES OF KARL. 

He was born Dean Miller on February 3, 1915, and he died on January 27, 1990 - one week shy of his 75th birthday.

Direct download: 084karl.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:27 PM
Comments[0]

If certain members of congress get their way, the one-dollar bill could soon become extinct.  There is a serious move afoot to replace the paper dollar with a dollar coin. 

Dollar coins have been tried and rejected before.  Compared to the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the Ford Edsel was a roaring success. 

But this time around, the dollar coin would be forced upon us, because the dollar bill would no longer be made. 

And by the way, did George Washington really throw that silver dollar across the Potomac River?  You'll hear that story here, too.

For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my book website at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 083dollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:44 AM
Comments[3]

Most of our legendary treasure hunters are gone now.  Karl von Mueller, Bill Mahan, Hardrock Hendricks. 

But one of their cohorts is still with us, as active as ever.  Norman "Indy" Stiles began treasure hunting in 1956, with a metal detector that ran on five radio tubes and a 45-volt battery. 

Indy is still going strong today, and he gave me a few tips on finding small gold and silver for me to pass along to you in this show.

If you'd like to contact Indy Stiles, he welcomes new friends at indystiles@yahoo.com.

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 082indy.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:14 AM
Comments[0]

No, not THOSE kind of strip searches!

Did you know that in most communities, it is perfectly legal for you to hunt those grassy strips in front of homes between the sidewalk and the street?  This is because those strips are owned by the city, not the homeowner.

But does this mean you should feel free to hunt those strips without permission?  Not on your life!

This show explains it all.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit my website http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 081strips.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:39 PM
Comments[3]

Administrivia:  It is now possible to get automatic downloads of new In theTreasure Corner shows as they are posted, without getting my other shows on old-time radio and softball. Go to http://danhughes.libsyn.com/rss/treasure and subscribe only to the old-time radio podcasts.

And now, back to your regularly-scheduled program:

This show is about gold. Here are a couple of things I couldn't fit into the program:

1.  If you are going to sell your gold, read this first:  http://tinyurl.com/3fcnhod.  There are a LOT of similar scams going on with the price of gold as high as it is.  

2.  Here's the formula to determine how much your gold ring is worth:

  A. Weigh the ring in grams.  Most men's rings are between 12 and 22 grams; most women's rings are between 4 and 10 grams.

   B.  If a 10K ring:  Multiply grams X .0134 X value of one ounce of gold (found daily at top of this page:  http://goldprice.org).

   C.  If a 14K ring:  Multiply grams X .01875 X value of one ounce of gold.

   D.  If an 18K ring:  Multiply grams X .0241 X value of one ounce of gold.

UPDATE:  Here's a site that will do all that math for you automatically, and it even knows the current-to-the-minute price of gold:  http://www.dendritics.com/scales/metal-calc.asp

Thanks to New Hampshire Bob for this info!


For more articles about treasure hunting, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 080gold.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM
Comments[0]

I've now got three years of In the Treasure Corner under my belt, and in this birthday show I look at the Top 10 Shows of the series. 

Also, a couple of recent shows that are getting a lot of listens, and thoughts of shows for the future. 

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my site http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 079year3.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:05 PM
Comments[0]

I'm a treasure hunter.

I'm a metal detector hobbyist.

I'm a metal detectorist.

I'm a  - what?  What should we call ourselves?

In this show, I discuss several appellations and find that none of them are spot on.  Can you help?

Click the Comments button to post your thoughts.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 078name.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:44 AM
Comments[5]

Everybody carries business cards, why not hobby cards?  A card announcing you as a treasure hunter can open doors for you.

It can help you make friends with your local police department, it can reassure strangers that you're not a pervert, it can get you business in finding lost objects.

This show takes a look at designing business cards for the treasure hunter, and it offers suggestions for using the card after you make it.

And please visit my website for more of my treasure hunting articles.

Direct download: 077cards.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:27 PM
Comments[0]

Everybody tells you you'll find more if you slow down.  But slow down what? 

Your swing speed?  Your walking speed? 

This program gives you a step-by-step procedure for determining the proper swing speed for your detector, and it also tells you the secret of getting a beep from the deepest coins your detector is capable of finding.

Hey!  Two shows in one!  So pay attention!

And pay attention to this:  http://treasuremanual.com, for articles and a video that will make you a better treasure hunter.

Direct download: 076speed.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:03 AM
Comments[1]

Are you still in high school?  Or college?  Or grad school? 

Are you now, or will you someday be, taking a basic speech class? 

Then this show is for you.

While the other students are giving the same old boring speeches on how to make spaghetti and why we should bomb Granada, you can grab the attention of your audience (and your instructor) and grab that "A" by talking about....treasure hunting!

Listen and learn.

And learn even more by reading my treasure hunting tips at http://treasuremanual.com.

P.S.  The box with coins and pulltabs (bottom photo) is explained in the show.

Direct download: 075speaking.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:19 PM
Comments[0]

Most treasure hunters agree that intelligent research is a necessity for increasing your odds of finding older coins. 

But research can be difficult in many ways - it may require travel to libraries and museums, and poring over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, and bothering people, and taking more time than you have to spare.

But there is another way!  "Instant Research" is at your fingertips.  This podcast gives you tips on giving yourself a good head start on researching small towns and communities before you arrive in person.

For more articles on treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 074instantresearch.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:17 PM
Comments[0]

A review of Relic Hunter, the Book, by Ed Fedory.

Ed was for many years the relic hunting columnist for Western and Eastern Treasures magazine. 

This was his first book, and it does a fantastic job of covering all the bases for the relic hunter.

For more of my articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 073fedory.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:38 PM
Comments[0]

The first article I ever sold to a treasure magazine was called Photography for the Treasure Hunter.  It appeared in the November 1977 issue of Western and Eastern Treasures.

This podcast is an update of that article. 

Two points I discuss in the show are illustrated by this photo (which appeared in the original article). 

Note how I framed Kathy by shooting through a swing, and also note the use of the Rule of Thirds.  That is, she is in the top third/left third of the picture - approximately where lines would cross if you drew a tic-tac-toe board on the photo.

Also note the error in this shot - she looks like she has a post growing out of her back.  I should have repositioned her a bit before I took the photo.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit my website http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 072photography.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:15 PM
Comments[0]

What quiz, you ask?  Well, I have a little confession to make.  The last program, called Treasure Hunting Safety, really wasn't about Treasure Hunting Safety.  It was a secret quiz just for those special people who listen to my shows all the way through. 

That show sure enough started to be about safety, but about two minutes in, it morphed into a general-knowledge quiz. 

Trivia quizzes are like treasure hunts - it takes the same qualities to ferret out the correct answers as it does to find a hidden treasure - research, perseverance, and some solid detective work.

The winners have already been announced, but if you missed the quiz and would like to give it a try, go back and listen to show #70 before you listen to this one, because this one has all the answers.

Check out my articles on treasure hunting, and my video on how to dig a coin, at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 071answers.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:00 PM
Comments[2]

I've been hesitant to write on this topic, because, frankly, I think most treasure hunters will find it boring.  Who amongst you enjoyed Traffic Safety Class in high school? 

Treasure hunters want action and excitement, not lectures on how to stay safe in the field.

But I've been asked, so I have answered.  I'm predicting this episode will have fewer listeners than most - let's see if you prove me wrong.

And if you want to send me a note, pro or con, about this episode, I'm at danhughesmail@gmail.com

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, and a video on how to dig a coin, visit my web site

Direct download: 070safety.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:52 PM
Comments[2]

This week's program finds us out on a tangent from our regular treasure hunting topics. 

Flashlights probably aren't on the "A" list of metal detecting tools for most people. 

But as you'll hear in the show, I've always been excited by flashlights, and I always have one with me. 

In this program, I explain my fascination with them, and offer a couple of tips as to how they can come in handy in treasure hunting.

For other articles that probably make more sense to treasure hunters, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 069flashlights.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:30 AM
Comments[0]

Here is a list of popular treasure hunting and metal detecting forums (in alphabetical order).  They are all clickable links!  If you have a favorite that I have left out, please email me at danhughesmail@gmail.com so I can add it to the list.

GENERAL FORUMS

American Detectorist

Find's Treasure Forum

Friendly Metal Detecting Forum

Lucky Dan's Metal Detecting Forum

My Treasure Spot

THunting

Tom's Treasures

Treasure Depot

Treasure Net

Treasure Quest Metal Detecting Forum

World Metal Detector Community


 
REGIONAL FORUMS (Most of these welcome anyone, whether you live in the area or not)

Canadian Metal Detecting

California Metal Detecting

Great Lakes Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting Maine

Metal Detecting New England

New Hampshire Bob's Metal Detecting Forum

Northeast Metal Detecting Forum


 
MAGAZINE-SPONSORED FORUM (You do not have to subscribe to participate)

Lost Treasure Magazine Forum

 
SPECIALIZED FORUMS

Geotech Technology Forum (Mostly technical discussions by technicians/engineers)

Nuggethunting Forum (Mostly prospecting, but this is their treasure hunting page)

White's Electronics (discussion of White's detectors only)


 
NEWSGROUP FORUMS (These use email addresses, because you send your notes via email)

(Go to http://groups.google.com/ or http://groups.yahoo.com/ to join)
alltreasuretalesusa@yahoogroups.com (mostly concerned with Big Finds)
alt.treasure.hunting@googlegroups.com
metaldetecting@yahoogroups.com (lots of spam)
metaldetecting2@yahoogroups.com (lots of spam)
metaldetectingfamily@yahoogroups.com (excellent group)
treasurehunter@yahoogroups.com (lots of spam)

For more of my articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 068internetforums.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:52 PM
Comments[0]

Does the fact that you have to pay extra for a coil cover for your metal detector indicate that the manufacturers think you don't really need one?

Or are they hoping you'll wear a hole in your coil and have to buy a new coil from them?

In this show, I discuss some reasons you should use a coil cover, and some reasons you may not want to use one after all.

For more articles about metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 067coilcovers.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:47 PM
Comments[10]

Sure, anyone can find coins and rings.  But what are some of your stranger finds? 

Most every treasure hunter has an assortment of uncategorizable odds and ends, often accompanied by good stories.  Here are some of mine.  What are some of yours?

Please tell us your story by clicking the Comments button ((bottom right-hand corner of this episode listing). 

We'd love to hear from you!

For more of my articles about treasure hunting, and information about the new edition of my book, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 066weirdfinds.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:01 PM
Comments[4]

What's the best way to dig up the coins you find with your metal detector?  That's a trick question, because even the experts disagree on the answer.

This show discusses digging tools and techniques, and it names by name one tool that is highly respected, and a copycat tool that probably won't hold up for you.

Here is the video that goes with this program.

After you watch the video, scroll down that page and click on the first article, Recommended Metal Detecting Accessories

There you will find photos of a couple of the tools mentioned in this podcast, and more information about detecting accessories.

If you would like to leave a comment or tell us what tools you prefer, click the Comments line and leave your message.

 

If you enjoy these podcasts, you will doubly enjoy the new edition of my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 065diggingtools.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:01 AM
Comments[4]

Three reasons to use headphones, and which headphones to use. 

One thing I neglected to emphasize in the show is being sure your headphones are comfortable. 

No matter how good your headphones are, you won't enjoy them much if they squeeze your head or hurt your ears. 

Worse, you'll quit detecting sooner and thereby miss a lot of finds.

Here's a set I like:

AudioPhoneII

What about those super-expensive headphones?  Here are links to both sides of the argument:

PRO:  expensive headphones
CON:  expensive headphones

 

And if you don't like to read, check out my Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 064headphones.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:30 AM
Comments[5]

Do you have friends who question your sanity because you are a treasure hunter? 

Do you wish you had a snappy comeback when they heap scorn upon your beloved hobby? 

This show gives you some good answers for those idiot friends of yours.

 

The second edition of my Metal Detecting Manual is out now. Buy your copy here.

Direct download: 063whyhunt.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:03 PM
Comments[2]

I made a New Year's Resolution that has earned me over $30,000 so far - and it keeps earning more every day!

Here's the story of the only New Year's Resolution I've ever kept, and some suggestions for some resolutions of your own that you can actually follow for the entire year.

Check out the new edition of my Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 062resolutions.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:15 AM
Comments[0]

And so another year comes to an end. 

In this wrap-up program, I talk about a REAL treasure park (write Mike Post at info@allaroundashevillenc.com), and I bring you up to date on my attempts to retrieve my childhood treasure.

I also talk about my new book.  Well, actually, the second edition of The Metal Detecting Manual.  Check it out at http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 061yearend.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:22 PM
Comments[0]

Come one, come all, to Treasure World Park!

No, it's not open yet, but we're working on it. 

Well, thinking about working on it. 

Well, thinking about getting someone else to work on it. 

Here are some off-the-wall ideas for a dream park for treasure hunters, especially those who are looking out windows at ice and snow and frozen ground for several months of the year.

Join the fun - tell us what you'd like to see in a Treasure Park.  Click the comment button (lower right corner) and add to the craziness.

For more articles about treasure hunting, see http://treasuremanual.com.

P.S. Here's the newsletter that Bob didn't like and thereby started this whole idea:

Dan's Christmas Newsletter

Direct download: 060treasureworldpark.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM
Comments[7]

Wherein your brave correspondent sticks his neck out and dares to make specific recommendations. 

Four entry-level detectors are compared feature-by-feature, to help you make an informed choice. 

The machines in question:  Fisher F2, Garrett Ace 150, Tesoro Compadre, and White's Coinmaster.

P.S.  Here's the site that offers the Fisher F2 with the 4" coil, AND a pinpointer, for $215: 

http://tinyurl.com/27xmy4v 

Also, several internet dealers are offering an F2 package with the 4" coil and the 10" coil for $275.

 

For more articles about metal detecting, see my website.

Direct download: 059firstdet2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM
Comments[5]

A program especially for newbies.  Thoughts on picking your first metal detector. 

What if you buy an expensive machine and then find you don't like the hobby? 

What if you buy a cheap machine and then find that you love the hobby? 

With dozens and dozens of brands and models available, at prices from under a hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars, where in the world do you start?

This show helps you begin your search.

For more articles on treasure hunting, visit my website http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Direct download: 058firstdet1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:00 PM
Comments[2]

In 1958, I buried a treasure in the back yard of this house. 

Here's the story of what it was, how it came about, and why I've had so much trouble trying to recover it for the past half-century.

 

For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my website http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 057mytreasure.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:11 PM
Comments[18]

Old, abandoned drive-in movie theaters can be a coinshooter's paradise.

This is a look at the history of drive-in theaters, their rise and fall, and the two main reasons they are now nearly extinct.

And some suggestions on how to find those old, dilapidated screens and concession stands that lie forgotten, patiently waiting to be rediscovered by the persistent coinshooter.

For more treasure tales and helpful articles on metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 056driveins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:26 PM
Comments[0]

What you see here are the innards of a Long Distance Locator that sells for $1595. 

According to an engineer who disassembled it, the circuit board comes from an AM transistor radio that sold at Radio Shack for $6.99. 

He also says this pricey machine detects nothing but AM radio stations. 

Here's a full report:  http://tinyurl.com/2br2hrb

This podcast discusses the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of these expensive machines.

 

For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my website: http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 055LDL.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:09 PM
Comments[0]

Everybody hunts modern schoolyards, but what about the old, abandoned schoolhouses out in the country?  In this show we offer some tricks to help you find these often forgotten rural schoolyards.  We also tell you how to discover where in those schoolyards you are most likely to find the good stuff.

For more tips and tricks in treasure hunting and metal detecting, check out the articles at http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 054oldschools.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:37 PM
Comments[0]

You've done your research, planned your recovery, and one fine morning you find a stash worth millions!  Easy Street forever, right?

Probably not. 

This show reveals what has happened to people who have become suddenly rich, and it ain't pretty.

So listen to this program, and you may decide that coinshooting is great, but treasure hunting is maybe just a little bit scary.

Or would YOU be able to handle that much money with no problems? 

Sure you would.

For more treasure tips, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 053lottery.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:48 PM
Comments[1]

Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 63 on Tuesday (August 17), and this show is two years old today.

Listen and learn which shows over the last two years have been the most popular, and a few inside comments on the structure and the maturation of the program.  (Wow!  That sounds boring!  It's not - honest!)

For more treasure tips, see my website http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 052-2yr.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:16 PM
Comments[0]

Many treasure hunters are pretty close-mouthed when it comes to their favorite hunting spots, and for good reason.

But if you're a coinshooter looking for those older coins, it really pays to talk, talk, talk. The more people who know about your hobby, the more places you are going to be able to detect.

This program discusses how YOU should discuss your hobby with friends, relatives, and all sorts of strangers. 

By following the simple instructions in this show, you will learn about hidden prime coinshooting areas right in your own backyard (or your Uncle Leonard's back yard).

If you enjoy these podcasts, please visit my website http://treasuremanual.com for more articles about metal detecting, and a sales pitch for my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 051talk.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:18 PM
Comments[1]

What's a 1926-S penny worth? 

Could be three hundred dollars, could be six bucks.  It all depends on the condition of the coin.

This program explains why the coins you find with your metal detector may not be worth as much as the books say, and it also tells you which coins don't lose value while in the ground.

For more articles on metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 050coinvalues.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:24 PM
Comments[0]

In program #008, we discussed the three keys to selecting homes with yards that are likely to hold the most coins, and the oldest coins. Now we talk about how to hunt a private yard, and where the older coins are likely to be found.

For more articles on metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com and click the Articles link at the top of the page.

 

Direct download: 049yards2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:35 PM
Comments[0]

In program number 006, we discussed the most likely places to find coins and rings in parks. 

In this program, we go a step farther and talk about how to find the older (and hopefully, more valuable) coins in parks. 

Where exactly to hunt, how to find the hotspots for older coins, and how to find fewer coins on purpose - because you're concentrating on coins that were dropped decades ago, not yesterday.

I've just revamped my website, making it easier to read and to navigate.  Check it out at http://treasuremanual.com.  And click on the Articles link for more treasure hunting secrets.

 

Direct download: 048-parks2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:19 AM
Comments[0]

In Depth Secrets 1 (podcast 004), we looked at four simple ways to get better depth from your metal detector.  Now in part 2, we examine another four ways to increase your depth.

For more tips and tricks of metal detecting and treasure hunting, see my website: http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 047depth2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:17 AM
Comments[0]

There are three main ways to ask permission to hunt private property.  Two of them you should never use.

In this show you'll learn the best way to get the okay to dig in private yards, with a suggested "script" to use when you are seeking permission.

(NOTE:  Program #002 discusses getting permission to hunt public property.)

For more metal detecting tips, see my web page:  http://treasuremanual.com

 

Direct download: 046-permission2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:31 PM
Comments[3]

How you can use golf tees to your advantage in treasure hunting,and a story that might help you find a LOT of dimes.  This episode is a bit more light-hearted than most.

For more tips and tricks, see my web page http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 045-tees.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:01 PM
Comments[0]

If some of this week's program topics sound familiar, it's because I am plagiarizing myself.  Several of the tips here appeared in earlier programs.  No, I'm not recycling old shows out of laziness.  My earliest shows are a bit overlong, and I'm in the process of recording new versions of them. 

I'm dropping all those music intros and outros from those early shows, and limiting each program to just one topic.  That means I'll be removing all the tips and tricks from those shows. 

And rather than just discarding them, I'm recycling them in this show.  Today's tip topics include ideas about shoes, toothpaste, bars of soap, and nail apron fashion.

For more tips, see my web site http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 044-tips.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:07 AM
Comments[0]

What exactly is treasure trove, and who owns it?  You'll be surprised!

This program looks at some of the laws concerning the finding and legal ownership of treasure trove.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website:  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 043trove.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:14 PM
Comments[0]

Split-the-loot contracts between treasure hunters and property owners are a popular topic with treasure hunters.  Here's why you should never (well, hardly ever) use such a contract.  And if you decide to use one anyway, please be aware of the one clause you should NEVER, EVER put into a contract.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website, http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 042-100401contracts.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:21 PM
Comments[2]

Some basic tips and warnings for the newcomer to the treasure hunting hobby.  Old-timers may want to review, too.  My coin-digging video mentioned in the show is at http://tinyurl.com/yhumr7u.

For more tips on using metal detectors, see my web page at http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 041-newbies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:05 AM
Comments[0]

Nobody knows quite what it is, but most every treasure hunter has experienced it at one time or another. I'm talking about what is called, for want of a better term, the Halo Effect. In a nutshell:  You get a good beep, you dig, but nothing is there.  You swing your loop over the hole, and the beep is gone.  But if you dig a bit deeper, you find a coin. What happened?   This program discusses the controversial "Halo Effect".  For a more detailed discussion of the science behind this phenomenon, read this discussion thread: http://tinyurl.com/ykdwn95

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my web site http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 040-100304halo.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:21 PM
Comments[1]

A listener to the last show wants to know more about how to find out what his local park regulations are, and how to keep from being told he can't hunt by officials who don't know the law.  I offer several suggestions as to how to get your ducks in a row before you take your metal detector into a park.  And the listener himself comes up with a wonderful way to work for change from the inside rather than the outside.

For more articles on metal detecting, see my homepage at http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 039-100218cops2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:29 PM
Comments[3]

You're digging a beep in the park when a policeman approaches you. What should you do? Former police chief (and current field editor for Lost Treasure magazine) Anthony Belli offers tips on how to handle yourself in an encounter with the law.

Tony goes on to outline the investigative techniques he learned as a police officer, and how you can apply them to metal detecting.

Enjoy the program, then read more of my articles on treasure hunting at my web site, http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 038-100204cops.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:41 PM
Comments[2]

City Directories are a treasure trove of information about your town as it used to be.  By going through old city directories in chronological order, you can learn when particular houses were built, all the people who owned or lived in them over the years, the occupations of the tenants, whether the houses were ever used as businesses, and a lot of other fascinating facts that can help you judge whether or not a particular property might be worth detecting. I did a study of my own house from old city directories, and in this podcast I take you through the history of my home and its residents over the years.

For more articles about treasure hunting, see the bottom of my web page http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 037-100121citydirectory.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:14 PM
Comments[1]

When people want to hide valuables nowadays, they seldom dig a hole in the backyard.  Instead, they find a hiding place inside their house.   This programs lists and discusses some of the more common indoor hiding places. The two books mentioned in the show are SEARCH! by James Warnke, and THE STASH BOOK by Peter Hjersman. And speaking of books, please check mine out at http://treasuremanual.com

By the way, for those of you who are technically inclined, this is my first show with my brand-new microphone (a Christmas present to myself).  It's a Heil PR-30, and I love this mike!

Direct download: 036-100107indoors.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:11 PM
Comments[0]

When it comes to treasure hunting, are you a loner?  In this show, we take a brief look at treasure clubs and offer five reasons you should consider joining - or starting - a club.

Read some of my articles about metal detecting, at the bottom of my web site:  http://treasuremanual.com And if you enjoy reading treasure magazines, I'm selling a ton of them here: http://treasure-magazines-for-sale.htm

Direct download: 035-091224clubs.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:08 PM
Comments[0]

Relic hunters are a different breed. Unlike coinshooters and beach hunters, they are seeking history rather than money.  True, many relics - especially Civil War items - are worth big bucks, but many relic hunters are more interested in finding clues as to what happened when. And they hunt in more isolated places than those of us who frequent the parks and schoolyards.  They even face dangers that we coinshooters cannot imagine. In this podcast, I offer some tips - and some warnings - to the beginning relic hunter.

If you enjoy the program, check out the articles at the bottom of my web site:  http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 034-091210relics.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[1]

Most caches are found by people who are hunting for something else, usually coins or relics. This podcast offers some tips on where you are likely to find caches.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see the bottom of my web page http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 033-091126caches2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

I'm going through my old magazines, hundreds of them dating back to 1969, noting what stories are in what issues because I plan on selling them.   Old treasure magazine ads are fascinating, and they let you trace the history of the metal detector, from BFOs to TRs to TR-Discriminators to VLF to TR/VLF - each in turn being touted as the greatest detectors ever! And the stories!  Lost mines, sunken ships, buried robbery loot, ghost towns, and lots of people dying (naturally, or by the rope) before revealing where they hid their treasures.... Who needs modern-day thriller novels when we have these (perhaps) true stories to enjoy? Check out my stash at http://treasuremagazines.info.  

 

For more of my articles, see the bottom of my book page:  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 032-091112magazines.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:49 PM
Comments[0]

Sure, it's fun to find coins - free money and all that - but most treasure hunters dream of finding a cache.  A jar of silver coins, an old tobacco tin stuffed with  five-dollar gold pieces, or a metal box full of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. Cache hunting is unlike any other form of metal detecting, and this program has some tips to get you started in the right direction.

For more tips on cache hunting, see my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 031-091029caches.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:15 PM
Comments[0]

I have just heard from another disappointed treasure hunter who finally got a chance to search an old country homesite that you'd think would be teeming with choice finds. But aside from a couple of zinc pennies and a clad dime, he was pretty much skunked. Sadly, this is the rule rather than the exception for old homesteads. Why?  This podcast covers some of the basic reasons old coins are hard to come by at rural homesites. But we all like happy endings, so this show ends with a tip about hunting one particular area of the old homestead where you might actually find several coins bunched together.

And don't forget to check out my book, at http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 030-091015farmhouses.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:43 PM
Comments[3]

So you've got a few hours free, and you want to go metal detecting.  Is it really worthwhile to hit that nearby park or schoolyard that is already pretty much hunted out? This podcast discusses the secrets of hunting those "hunted-out" areas.  How to find coins that others have missed.

Visit my website for free treasure hunting articles: http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 029-091001huntedoutareas.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:44 PM
Comments[4]

They say experience is the best teacher, but they are wrong.  Why should you make the same mistakes others have made before you?  Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Similarly, when it comes to treasure hunting, those who have gone before you have made the mistakes, so you don't have to.  Just listen to what they have to say! In this program, I make some book recommendations.  Books that will help you find more coins faster, books that will give you new ideas on likely hunting places, and books that will tell you what you've found and what it's worth.

I was tempted to do a review of my own book in this show, but I decided that wouldn't be fair.  So instead, I'll let you choose whether or not to click here.

Direct download: 028-091017books.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:54 PM
Comments[1]

On the first anniversary of In the Treasure Corner, I look back at what I did right, what I did wrong, which topics were the most popular, why my book doesn't sell as well as it could, why that's fine with me, and how I was able to combine my treasure hunting hobby with my other favorite sport, slowpitch softball.

My Birthday Quiz and In the Collector's Corner articles mentioned in this podcast appear every month in The Active Seniors and Boomers newspaper.  You can read them online at http://theactiveseniors.com.

For some free articles based on chapters in my book, go to the bottom of this page:  The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 027-firstyear.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:04 PM
Comments[2]

Twelve years ago, I came very close to getting a class ring back to its owner.  A month ago, I began anew to try to find the girl who lost it 23 years ago. I struck out with Classmates, and now I've stepped up my quest with five new attacks.  Enjoy the latest episode of "How Hard Can It Be To Get Rid of a Gold Ring?"

And if you enjoy the podcasts, read my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 026-090819returnring3.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:00 AM
Comments[6]

There was a discussion in one of the treasure forums recently about the feasibility of making a living with your metal detector by becoming a full time treasure hunter.  Think of it!  No alarm clocks, no early-morning commutes to the office, no suits and ties, no office politics, no boss! Can it really be done? In this program I examine the possibilities.

I've written a book on treasure hunting called The Metal Detecting Manual.  It's for sale here

Direct download: 025-090806career.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:40 PM
Comments[6]

After polling several metal detecting and treasure hunting forums about whether or not I should continue trying to return a class ring, I've reached a decision.  Did those who responded to my question think I should keep the ring, or try again to return it?  Hear the results here, and see if you agree with my decision.

And check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 024-090723returnring2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:45 PM
Comments[1]

The Clue in the Old Book!  Sounds like a Nancy Drew title, doesn't it? Old books and newspapers can be wonderful sources of clues to treasure.  Just this week, this notice appeared in my local paper:  --------------------------------  

Area history
   In 1909, during the hot summer months, camping on the Sangamon River in Mahomet seems to be all the rage.  Last summer, nearly 300 families camped around here, and from present indications there will be twice as many this year. -------------------------------- Mahomet is a small town ten miles west of here, and there is still a county park along the Sangamon River.  I've detected that park several times, but only in the play areas, never by the river.  You can bet where I'll be hunting next time I'm there! This podcast discusses reading old books and other publications with the mindset of a treasure hunter.

As always, there's a lot more information in my book.

 

Direct download: 023-090709cluesinbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:26 AM
Comments[2]

How far should a treasure hunter go to return lost property?   Listen to my story of how I found a class ring and located the now-distant owner.  And then, because the owner never got back with me to make arrangements to receive the ring, I lost the owner.  The ball is in her court now, right?  Or not? What, if anything, should I do now?  Please hit the COMMENTS link and post your thoughts here.  Your advice will help me decide.

And, as always, I invite you to read about my book, and, if you are sufficiently intrigued, to purchase a copy.

 

Direct download: 022-090625returnring.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:28 AM
Comments[21]

Have you found your first gold ring yet?  No? What?  You don't dig pulltabs?  That's why you're leaving those rings for me.  Pulltabs are the ringfinder's best friend!  Here's why.. A discussion of how to find gold rings by digging pulltabs, without losing your sanity. Also - Have you found more dimes, or nickels?  You don't know?  Tips on keeping a coin logbook.

I sell a book I've written called The Metal Detecting Manual.  Available nowhere else but here:  http://treasuremanual.com

.

 

Direct download: 021-090611goldrings.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:40 PM
Comments[5]

A few odds and ends on research and finding older coins, including a story on how yours truly missed a fantastic opportunity for old coins right in front of my own house.

Here's my book, The Metal Detector Manual.  Buy a copy so I can feed my dog Max.

 

Direct download: 020-090528coinresearch.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:41 PM
Comments[0]

Many treasure hunters read the treasure magazines cover-to-cover, but they don't use a much more profitable - and free - resource:  their local library. This show gives you some valuable tips about what you can find in your local library.

Much more in my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, available only from this site

.

 

Direct download: 019-090514library.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:54 PM
Comments[7]

Finding fifty coins in an afternoon is great, but disappointment can set in when their total value is a dollar, and none of them are old. This show offers tips on finding the older coins, with a story of how one treasure hunter zeroed in on a locale that offered up coins dated 1850 and earlier.

Order the book here

.

 

Direct download: 018-090430oldcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:59 PM
Comments[2]

Some people swear by alkaline batteries for their metal detectors, others use rechargeables.  What does the manufacturer recommend?  Hear the answers in this podcast.

Check out my book:  The Metal Detecting Manual

 

Direct download: 017-090416batteries.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:15 PM
Comments[3]

Is coinshooting really worth the trouble, when your finds seldom come anywhere near to earning you minimum wage?  How to answer your skeptical friends.

More about my book here:  http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 016-090402whycoinshoot.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:44 PM
Comments[0]

How your club (or you as an individual) can offer treasure hunting seminars to the general public.  Make friends (and money) as you spread the word about metal detecting in your community.

And be sure to check out my Metal Detecting Manual

.

Direct download: 015-090319seminars.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:29 PM
Comments[1]

Tips on getting started correctly, gridding an area, two five-dollar gold pieces beneath a pulltab.

 

See more metal detecting articles at the bottom of my webpage, http://treasuremanual.com

Direct download: 014-090305coinshooting2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:06 PM
Comments[3]

The most popular type of treasure hunting is coinshooting, or using a metal detector to find coins in the ground. In this first show of a series on coinshooting, we outline the steps a beginner should take to learn to coinshoot like a pro.

Direct download: 013-090219coinshooting1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:22 PM
Comments[1]

How deep does a metal detector go? 

Well, it depends.

This program looks at several factors that affect the depth of a metal detector.

Check out my book:  http://treasuremanual.com

 

Direct download: 012A-depth.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:27 PM
Comments[0]

In this podcast, we discuss where to hunt on baseball diamonds and football fields.   We also offer some suggestions on how to find those older, abandoned sports fields that may offer up coins of silver rather than clad, and copper rather than zinc.

For more tips and tricks in metal detecting and treasure hunting, see my articles at http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 011A-sportsfields.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:19 PM
Comments[0]

There are times for treasure hunters to talk, and times for them to keep quiet.

In this show, we talk about when you should clam up, and what might happen if you don't.

(For the times you should talk, listen to program #051).

More articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting at http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 010Adonttalk.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:29 PM
Comments[0]

The mania for collecting things seems to have evolved from a lifelong hobby (stamp collecting) to a short-lived fad (Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies).

But thanks to metal detecting, coin collecting is stronger than ever. 

This program is a light-hearted look at some of the collecting phases your podcasting guide (that's me) went through as a child.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 009Acollecting.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:33 PM
Comments[2]

How to determine which houses have yards that will give you the highest odds of finding old coins.  Three keys to look for.

After you've listened to this show, skip to #049 for tips on hunting these older yards.

If you enjoy these podcasts, check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

 

Direct download: 008Ayards1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:18 PM
Comments[0]

Do you post a lot of notes on your favorite internet treasure boards?  Why not get paid for those words, and see your name in print at the same time?

I've written for several of the treasure magazines, and in this show I reveal the "secrets" of getting published.  And it's a lot easier than you think!

 

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my page http://treasuremanual.com .

Direct download: 007A-writing.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:12 PM
Comments[2]

Parks can be pretty big places.  This program examines where to start when you're looking for coins and rings in public parks. 

After you've listened to this show, check out the "advanced" program on park hunting show #048.

Lots more in my book, at http://treasuremanual.com.

 

Direct download: 006a-parks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:43 PM
Comments[1]

Here's a list of accessories you might consider for your treasure hunting trips, and why you need them. 

URLs mentioned in this show:

Digging a coin video:  http://tinyurl.com/yhumr7u

Harbor Freight $17 pinpointer:  http://tinyurl.com/cdemkl

AudioPhone II headphones:  http://tinyurl.com/yjtn88z

 

For more articles on metal detecting and details about my book, visit my web site.

Direct download: 005accessoriesnew.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:15 AM
Comments[0]

Four secrets of getting better depth from your detector, no matter what brand or model you are using.

More depth secrets are included in my book The Metal Detecting Manual.

 

Direct download: 004Adepth1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:04 PM
Comments[0]

A discussion about how to handle onlookers when you're trying to detect.

 

For more articles on metal detecting and details about my book, visit my web site.

Direct download: 003new.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:48 AM
Comments[0]

Here's a program on what is often the most important, and the most difficult, single thing to do in metal detecting.

And that is....getting permission to hunt.  Without permission, you could be thrown out of a park, or even arrested.

Listen to this short (under four minutes) show for tips on getting permission to hunt public property.

(NOTE:  Show #039 gives some other views on this topic, and show #046 discusses getting permission to hunt private property.)

For more articles on metal detecting and details about my book, visit my web site.

Direct download: 002-080918permission1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:46 AM
Comments[2]

An interview with Vlad and Carol Kononov, founders of the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum, http://metaldetectingforum.com.

For more articles on metal detecting and details about my book, visit my web site.

Direct download: 001vladcarolnew.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:07 AM
Comments[2]