From coins to jewelry, antiques and other collectibles, Missouri will hold an unclaimed property auction this week. State Treasurer Vivek Malek said the auction, with about 2,100 lots, will be in southeast Missouri’s Cape Girardeau on Wednesday and Thursday.

“They’ll include a wide range of collectible antiques, jewelry, and more. For book lovers, there is a rare 1913 pilgrimage journal to Rome,” said Malek. “For history and coin collectors, there’s a five piece Great Depression coin set from 1949, which includes a wheat Penny, buffalo nickel, mercury dime and more.”

The auction preview will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Drury Hotel Conference Center. The auction will be Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We will have an auction of liberty head gold coins from 1853 and a complete set of U.S. proof coins from 1973 to 1980. For jewelry collectors, you will find treasures such as a white gold pearl bracelet with matching earrings and a 18 karat white gold ring. We have also on auction a curling iron from the early 1800s,” he said.

Under Missouri law, financial institutions surrender safe deposit boxes after five years of inactivity. Each year, the State Treasurer’s Office receives the contents of about 1,000 safe deposit boxes.

The revenue from each auction item will be held by the state for its rightful owner.

To check out the auction booklet, click here.

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