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State Treasurer John Perdue’s office is holding another online unclaimed property auction, this one to run through August 26. All items are abandoned safe deposit box contents from West Virginia banks.

To view the current auction, go to and click on the auction link on the homepage. That will take people to the third-party auction site specifically set up for the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office.

This online auction features several lots, or groupings of items, including a collection of silver among the first few lots. Coins are always a favorite for collectors. Other items of interest include a lot with a 1934A $10 yellow seal note as well as 1934 blue seal $5 and $10 notes. This auction also features lots with 10K and 14K jewelry and other collectibles.

Once the items are auctioned off, the cash assets remain held by the State Treasury in the name of the safe deposit box renter or his or her heirs. Continued attempts are made to find the rightful owners. Anyone who registers with the auction site is eligible to bid on the items.

“We simply don’t have the physical space to keep housing items,” Treasurer Perdue said. “The successful bidder will get the item, but the proceeds will continue to be held in the name of the rightful owner. We urge West Virginians to log-on and bid.”

Additional auctions are scheduled to run as one ends. For instance, the next auction will start on August 25 and run for two weeks.

“We’ve had a lot of success with online auctions over the years,” Treasurer Perdue said. “Now, especially with the coronavirus pandemic, an online auction works well to reduce the number of items we are holding and receive top-dollar for future claimants.”

According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, approximately 1 in 10 Americans have unclaimed property waiting to be claimed. There is never a charge to search for or claim property. People should visit to conduct a free unclaimed property search.

The Treasury does not collect state taxes. Visit the The West Virginia State Tax Department for assistance.

West Virginia State Treasurer's Office
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
Capitol Complex Building #1, Room E-145
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
304-558-5000 Toll Free: 800-422-7498
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