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Zweifel shows off items from 1,200 safe deposit boxes

Zweifel shows off items from 1,200 safe deposit boxes

March 23rd, 2011 in News

Tammy Pettit, right, and Nancy Tennison review items, coins and cash found in safe deposit boxes as they catalog the items for easy reference.

Photo by Julie Smith

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel on Tuesday unveiled a number of items from around 1,200 safe deposit boxes that banks turned over to Missouri's Unclaimed Properties program since last November.

Among the items Zweifel showcased were 19th century Bank of St. Louis currency, a tortoise shell baby rattle, gold coins and military memorabilia.

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to give the Unclaimed Properties program the contents of accounts and safe deposit boxes after the institutions have had no contact with the owners for five years.

In the Mid-Missouri region of Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Dent, Gasconade, Howard, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski and Saline counties, the treasurer's office reported, $21.7 million in nearly 240,000 accounts has been turned in to the unclaimed properties program.

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