State Treasurer Announces Unclaimed Property Auction

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state will be holding an online auction for unclaimed property with more than 12,000 items.

Commemorative coins, stamps and jewelry are among the items being auctioned. Frerichs says some items include: a 1934 U.S. one thousand dollar bill, a Colorado Rockies All-Star Game Collectors set and gold and silver jewelry. The auction will take place online August 17 – 21.

All items have been appraised by an outside vendor. The Treasurer’s Office will have a tent at the Illinois State Fair to provide more information about the auction and the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Vault. The office secures more than $2 billion in unclaimed property.

Residents can search by name at to look through the thousands of items surrendered each year. Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property. Auction proceeds are held for rightful owners until they are identified.

Auction participants can register at and click on the “Unclaimed Property Auction” link. Questions should be directed to 217-557-8567.

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