Gold & Treasure Hunting Books

Good books I've read or that I am currently reading:

The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen's Jewels
Coins of The Lost Galleons
The Last Voyage of The San Miguel de Archangel
"Pulsepower!": Finding Gold at the Shore with a Pulse Induction Metal Detector
In the Wake of the Golden Galleons
True Stories of Sunken Treasure
Metal Detecting for Spanish Treasure: "The Beach Treasure Hunter's Guide
The Beach Bank - Your TREASURE Teller
Pieces of Eight: Recovering the Riches of a Lost Spanish Treasure Fleet
The Shallow Water Hunter's Guide to South Florida
Diving to a Flash of Gold
Galleon Alley: The 1733 Treasure Fleet
Famous Shipwrecks of The Florida Keys
Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon
Dredging For Gold: The Gold Divers' Handbook: An Illustrated Guide to the Hobby of Underwater Gold Prospecting
Treasure Under Your Feet - Adventurers' Handbook of Metal Detecting
Galleon Hunt: Biography of Art McKee
Treasures of the Spanish Main: Shipwrecked Galleons in the New World
Salvaging Spanish Sunken Treasure
Following the Lure of the Galleon Treasures
Hurricane Treasure, 1715 Beach Sites, Locations Revealed
Shallow Water Metal Detecting: "Lessons from the Pros"
Gold! Gold! A Beginners Handbook And Recreational Guide: How and Where to Prospect for Gold
"Site-Reading" for Gold and Silver: Understanding Beach, Shore and Inland Metal Detecting Sites
Advanced Shallow Water Metal Detecting: Tips, Tricks and Methods for The Shoreline Treasure Hunter
How to Find Gold: Metal Detecting and Panning
The Rainbow Chasers In The Great Florida Treasure Hunt
Fists Full of Gold - How You Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts
Shipwrecks Near Wabasso Beach
The White's Surfmaster P.I. Dual Field: "An Advanced Guide"

The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen's Jewels
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The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen's Jewels


By Robert F. Westrick


This revised edition is 113 pages and has special color photographs with a memorial dedication to Mo Molinar. The book also includes historical data concerning the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, a description of the Queen's Jewels, salvage efforts of the 1960's to present day and a never before published confidential theory on one of the missing ships. Also included is a comprehensive bibliography together with an index of maps, charts and sites.

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Coins of The Lost Galleons


By Captain Kathryn Budde-Jones


Anyone with an interest in the Spanish treasure cobs being brought up from the ocean floor needs to have this as reference material. In very understandable language, learn about the minting procedures, the various denominations and designs, the markings and what they represent as well as a listing of all the mint marks and the known assayers, by names and dates. Illustrations of cobs, maps, coats of arms, and mint marks allow even the novice to gain a better understanding of the Coins of the Lost Galleons.

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The Last Voyage of The San Miguel de Archangel
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The Last Voyage of The San Miguel de Archangel


By Robert H. Baer


Written from the perspective of the project archaeologist, this is the story of a remarkable, albeit accidental, discovery of a Spanish vessel on a secret mission carrying a unique cargo bound from Peru to the King of Spain, circa 1659. The San Miguel de Archangel carried a sample of the vaunted 'Star of Lima' coinage, minted illegally by the Count Alba de Liste. The ship wrecked with little note in the annals of Florida's history... until now.

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"Pulsepower!": Finding Gold at the Shore with a Pulse Induction Metal Detector


By Clive James Clynick


Pulse induction metal detectors offer awesome depth and gold sensitivity. Clive James Clynick is the author of nine previous books and numerous articles. In this detailed and informative book Mr. Clynick instructs the reader on how to get results at shoreline sites with a pulse. Topics include:

• overcoming pulse induction "phobia."
• equipment choices and equipment "handling."
• recognizing gold by its signal tone and characteristics.
• tuning secrets for performance, stability and accuracy.
• advanced site selection and analysis.
• understanding shoreline grades and strata.
• understanding "sanded-in" conditions.
• recognizing common junk targets.
• skill-building with the White's Surf Dual Field TM.
• tuning the Pulsepower Developments Goldquest Aquasearch V2.
• pro-level methods for effective pinpointing, digging and sifting.

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In the Wake of the Golden Galleons


By Roy Volker and Dick Richmond


"Treasure Hunting! Shipwrecks! 1715 Fleet and Mel Fisher, Moe Molinar, silver bars and gold coins, the Virgalona, Florida Keys, galleons, Maravilla - stories and B&W photos of key people and places in shipwreck treasure lore. A good read that should be part of any shipwreck treasure collection." (Bonnie Schubert, 2013)

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True Stories of Sunken Treasure


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


The title tells it all! This book contains 16 of Bob's favorite tales to tell. All true, some never before told. Takes you there!

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Metal Detecting for Spanish Treasure: "The Beach Treasure Hunter's Guide


By Gary T. Drayton


Successful Florida beach treasure hunter Gary T. Drayton shares his knowledge and stories of metal detecting on the beaches of Florida in search of Spanish treasure.

Detailed informative advice for beach treasure hunting including:
• How to read the beach
• When and where to find treasure
• Site selection
• Choosing the correct metal detector for beach treasure hunting
• VLF and Pulse hunting tips
• The Treasure Coast 1715 fleet wreck sites
• How to search an eroded beach
• Plus many more effective tips and tricks to help you to find Spanish treasure on the beach.

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The Beach Bank - Your TREASURE Teller


By Kevin V. Reilly


100's and 1000's of dollars in coins are lost on beaches all over the world. There are also thousands of lost rings, watches and other jewelry lost in the sand everyday too. The Beach Bank book will help you find some of these treasures with the help of a metal detector.

People make the deposits of their lost coins and jewelry into the beach sand. Then the treasure hunters make their withdrawals of these treasures with their metal detector and scoop in hand.

The Beach Bank is always open for the treasure hunters to make their withdrawals any time of the day or night. You can join in the fun too!

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Pieces of Eight: Recovering the Riches of a Lost Spanish Treasure Fleet
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Pieces of Eight: Recovering the Riches of a Lost Spanish Treasure Fleet


By Kip Wagner as told to L.B. Taylor Jr.


This is the first famous book on Spanish Treasure. It is about how Kip Wagner and friends found a fabulous fortune on the beaches of Florida in the late 50's and 60's. The book has 221 pages with 20 full color photographs, 13 black and white photographs and six maps and diagrams. It tells the tale of how Wagner discovered the fabulous wrecks of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet near Sebastian Inlet and the subsequent forming of the Real Eight Corporation to salvage the treasure.

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The Shallow Water Hunter's Guide to South Florida


By Gary T. Drayton


A guide to finding jewelry in the shallow waters of South Florida using a submersible metal detector. Successful South Florida water hunter Gary T. Drayton reveals the secrets to becoming a better shallow water hunter. Chapters Include:
• When and Where to find jewelry.
• Choosing the correct equipment.
• Basic water hunting skills.
• How to read the water.
• Gary's site rotation plan.
• Search patterns.
• How to deal with competition.

Plus detailed information on South Florida's top water hunting sites.

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Diving to a Flash of Gold


By Martin Meylach


The true story of a diver's successful discovery of a 18th century Spanish treasure off the Florida Keys. You will read about the inside story of one of the most colorful episodes in the history of professional treasure hunting: the discovery of the lost Spanish treasure fleet of 1733. Paperback 362 pages with fold out map in back.

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Galleon Alley: The 1733 Treasure Fleet


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


The definitive work on the galleon fleet flung against the Florida Keys in 1733. Lots of charts, photos, more.

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Famous Shipwrecks of The Florida Keys


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


With charts, co-ords, text, and photos, Weller places you on the sites of six of the most famous wrecks in the Florida Keys.

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Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon
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Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon


By Captain Syd Jones


This is not the "Mel Fisher finds the Spanish galleon Atocha" story. That has already been told in numerous books, television documentaries and countless articles.

Over the years, Captain Syd Jones has been asked countless times about his involvement in finding millions of dollars worth of treasure on the bottom of the sea. The value of the treasure certainly gets peoples attention, but what really fascinates them are the personal stories of how it all came about. The unique historical connections are just as compelling.

“Sweat of the sun, tears of the moon” is an ancient Inca expression, describing their spiritual perception of gold and silver; the same gold and silver the Spanish coveted, Treasure Salvors searched for and the author found.

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Dredging For Gold: The Gold Divers' Handbook: An Illustrated Guide to the Hobby of Underwater Gold Prospecting
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Dredging For Gold: The Gold Divers' Handbook: An Illustrated Guide to the Hobby of Underwater Gold Prospecting


By Matt Thornton


The first authoritative guidebook on the subject of underwater prospecting – "Dredging for Gold...The Gold Divers' Handbook." In this beautifully illustrated book, Matt Thornton brings everything out into the open by explaining the "hows" and "whys" of the fascinating world of underwater gold-dredging.

Truly, here's a book that puts confusion and misleading statements permanently aside, while concentrating on information which will give the reader a sound, working knowledge of this invigorating outdoor hobby activity. Matt Thornton's descriptive text goes down as easy as a glass of vintage Bordeaux, and the many fine illustrations and photographs act as a "loaf of bread and cake of cheese" by rounding out the package...

Whether your interest lies in gold panning, skin diving, nugget-shooting or even "armchair prospecting," there is something between these covers to tickle your fancy. And even if you don't have a case of "gold fever"... well, after reading this book, you will!

Not just for dredgers!

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Treasure Under Your Feet - Adventurers' Handbook of Metal Detecting


By Roy Volker and Dick Richmond


"The book consists of 26 chapters covering all aspects of treasure hunting, from coin shooting 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." (Dan Hughes, 2012)

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Galleon Hunt: Biography of Art McKee


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


This is the true life saga of a man and his quest: Arthur J. McKee, the "grand-daddy" of all modern treasure divers, and his search for the elusive Genovesa.

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Treasures of the Spanish Main: Shipwrecked Galleons in the New World
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Treasures of the Spanish Main: Shipwrecked Galleons in the New World


By John Christopher Fine


This is a story about the lust for gold and treasure," Fine writes. In the 1600s and 1700s, Spain dominated the oceans with its fleet of galleons. Coming to the New World, these ships filled their holds with gold and silver and treasures beyond imagining. The seaway between Spain and the New World was dubbed The Golden Highway. On their journeys back across the seas, many were wrecked on reefs or destroyed by hurricanes. The watery depths now hold their treasures. Today, treasure divers seek their fortunes by attempting--sometimes successfully, sometimes fatally--to retrieve these hordes of riches. In Treasures of the Spanish Main, readers relive each voyage of long ago as well as witness the modern wreck diver's efforts to extract their secrets. Included are: The 1622 fleet, The Concepcion, The Maravillas, The shipwreck off Jupiter Beach, The San Jose, The 1715 fleet, The 1733 fleet

The voyages of centuries long past come alive with Fines excellent historical detail. The treasure hunters of today - from Mel Fisher to Bob Weller - along with those of the past, create a mosaic of suspense and drama on the high seas and on the ocean floor.

A must-read for everyone interested in wreck diving, treasure, pirates, sailing, history, or just plain fun.

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Salvaging Spanish Sunken Treasure


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


This is a "how-to" guide for beginners and veterans alike, revealing shortcuts to finding and salvaging your dream galleon.

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Following the Lure of the Galleon Treasures


By Ronald E. Molinari


Florida Keys dentist and part-time treasure diver, Ron Molinari, tells the true life story of his quest for sunken treasures. Using an engaging first-person style, Ron brings the reader along with him to experience the adventure of the search, the excitement of discovery of special finds, the terrifying and heart-stopping moments of crisis and the underwater beauty that were all part of the daily work of shipwreck salvage on the 1733 Treasure Fleet from the late 1960's to 2005.

The story gives well documented information about his 20 years working under salvage agreements with the State of Florida in addition to background of his earlier years of interest and research which led up to the development of this project.

Paperback, 236 pages, accompanied by many photos and full color plates, autographed by both authors.

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Hurricane Treasure, 1715 Beach Sites, Locations Revealed


By Kevin Reilly, Gary T. Rowe, Kevin Maranville


If you're fortunate enough to own a quality Beach Detector, it's time you went treasure hunting for real spanish treasure being found every day on Florida's "Treasure Coast". Like the title suggests, a hurricane caused treasures of many types (spanish gold and silver coins) to be deposited on the beach. Consequently, hurricane strength storms tend to uncover the hidden coins. Of course this is not to say the only time one can find coins in a hurricane. Any period of strong winds which produce beach erosion is good. The more erosion the more coins. So its quite obvious that this is the best time to hit the beach. This book has all of our favorite treasure sites which have produced and are still producing spanish "pieces of eight" and other treasures. Your local beaches can produce similar treasures (coins, rings, jewelry, etc.) Anyone can do some real treasure hunting with a beach detector.

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Shallow Water Metal Detecting: "Lessons from the Pros"


By Clive James Clynick


In this detailed and informative book Mr. Clynick draws on his 30 years of detecting experience and that of top pros worldwide to produce this advanced guide for the serious water and shoreline treasure hunter. Topics include:

• Pro-level equipment handling tips.
• Advanced site selection and analysis.
• Spotting and acting upon site patterns.
• Success in heavily-worked conditions.
• Using multiple machines accurately.
• "Edge Hunting"
• Post-storm detecting.
• "Beating the best."
• Underwater methods.
• Traveling to detect.
• Pro-level beach hunting tips

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Gold! Gold! A Beginners Handbook And Recreational Guide: How and Where to Prospect for Gold
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Gold! Gold! A Beginners Handbook And Recreational Guide: How and Where to Prospect for Gold


By Joseph F. Petralia


This book reveals everything you will need to know to start your search for this most precious metal! Beginning with an historical overview and geological background, Gold! Gold! gives the reader a thorough understanding of WHY gold is WHERE it is and HOW you can recover it. Seven profusely illustrated chapters from both 19th and 21st century resources outline and instruct on all popular oldtime and modern recovery methods from panning, sluicing, dredging through the use of metal detectors. Gold panning to nugget hunting can be enjoyed by folks and families of all ages and with the historic high price of gold in the world market, Gold! Gold! will show you how to sucessfully pursue and profit from this exciting activity.

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"Site-Reading" for Gold and Silver: Understanding Beach, Shore and Inland Metal Detecting Sites


By Clive James Clynick


These proven methods for choosing, assessing and examining treasure hunting locations will help you to become a more accurate and effective treasure hunter. Topics include:

• "Site-reading" for gold.
• "Guesstimating" the potential of sites based upon key factors.
• Recognizing "hotspots" within sites.
• Versatility and on-site problem solving.
• Assessing and working difficult or previously hunted sites.
• Understanding strata, "precipitate" and shore grades.
• Learning from what's in the ground.
• Building your skills "kit."
• Assessing resort and beach sites from photographs.
• Working sites with dense trash or iron.
• Using your time in the field effectively.

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Advanced Shallow Water Metal Detecting: Tips, Tricks and Methods for The Shoreline Treasure Hunter
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Advanced Shallow Water Metal Detecting: Tips, Tricks and Methods for The Shoreline Treasure Hunter


By Clive James Clynick


In this, his most advanced book to date, Mr. Clynick instructs the reader on how to become a more versatile and effective shoreline treasure hunter. Topics include:

• Equipment Handling: "Suiting Up and Showing Up"
• Assessing Shoreline Grades
• VLF and Pulse Induction Methods and Applications "Harnessing Pulsepower"
• Rough and Deep Water Hunting Skills
• "Systematic" Hunt Methods.
• Understanding Shoreline Classification and Exchange
• Assessing and Detecting Old Sites
• Combining Tools, Skills and Methods
• and much more

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How to Find Gold: Metal Detecting and Panning


By Charles Garrett and Roy Lagal


This book is 72 pages and pocket sized (3.5" x 5"). This guide is designed for use in the field. It includes a glossary and illustrations. This guide is written by Charles Garrett is the most well-known and respected metal detectorist and treasure hunting author in the world. Determined to share his enthusiasm with all who would listen, he began writing and teaching in the 1970s. He hasn't stopped since.

According to author Charles Garrett, "After purchasing a gold pan kit or metal detector, no further expenditures of cash are required. Success is limited only by the enterprise you display and your dreams as a prospector."

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The Rainbow Chasers In The Great Florida Treasure Hunt


By Tommy Gore as told to T.L. Armstrong


Tommy brings us the details of his thirty year career as a Marine Field Agent representing the Florida State Bureau of Archaeological Research. During his tenure with the state, Tommy was an eye witness to the three biggest treasure recoveries in Florida's history; the Cabin Wreck, the San Jose, and the Atocha. In "The Rainbow Chasers" he also recalls details about lesser known digs which he was privy to as a state agent. Filled with previously unpublished photos, maps and daily logsheets, this book has a whole new viewpoint on what treasure hunters only thought they knew was the truth.

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Fists Full of Gold - How You Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts


By Chris Ralph


Yes, it's true that you can prospect for and find your own gold – it's still out there! The title of my book is "Fists Full of Gold" because that's what I hope it will bring you. I've put in years of experience to make this book the most comprehensive prospecting book ever written. Its very different from what is on the market already – It's focus is to teach you how to find gold deposits, both placer and hard rock. There is a huge amount of information here that is just simply not available in any other prospecting book. It has plenty of basic coverage for new prospectors but lots of material for those guys who have some experience and want to learn more, plus even more advanced information for prospectors with decades of experience. It is up to date with all the latest technology and science.

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Shipwrecks Near Wabasso Beach


By Bob "Frogfoot" Weller


Bob "Frogfoot" Weller and Ernie Richards take you to the "Treasure Coast", to the sites of 14 shipwrecks, with charts, text and artifact / coin photos.

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The White's Surfmaster P.I. Dual Field: "An Advanced Guide"


By Clive James Clynick


In this detailed and informative guide to getting results with the White's Surfmaster P.I. Dual Field, Mr. Clynick shares his 30 years of shoreline pulse induction detecting experience. Topics include:
• hearing gold "optimization."
• high-gain methods.
• signal balancing for maximum depth.
• understanding P.I. interference.
• developing your accuracy through bench-testing.
• "faint target awareness"
• P.I. target selection.
• coil control tips and methods.
• advanced site selection and analysis.

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