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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — For the second year in a row, the public has a chance to see the inside of the Illinois Treasurer’s vault at the state Capitol in Springfield.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports, the vault is located two stories below the main floor of the Capitol. Some of its contents are unclaimed property, while some is best described as “just stuff.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports


“Twenty-four carat gold nuggets, 12 unopened packs of Donruss 1983 baseball cards, a 1934 $500 bill, and there’s also 28 Budweiser King of Beer dominoes,” said Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

There is also a 1968 deposit impact report, among numerous other vintage items.

Tours of the vault will be offered every half hour between 9 a. m. and 4 p. m. July 23-27.

Rutherford says about 1,100 people took advantage of the opportunity last year.

Also that week, the office will conduct its quarterly online auction of unclaimed items.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” says the treasurer, adding planned construction will mean no tour next year.

That program will conduct its quarterly online auction the same week as the tours. To find out more about the unclaimed property, click on Cash Dash at http://treasurer.illinois.gov.