Ancient Artifacts Found In A Lincoln Bank

By: Erika Tallan
By: Erika Tallan

The Nebraska State Treasurer's office stumbled upon unclaimed property that was turned over to them from a Wells Fargo Bank.

According to State Treasurer, Shane Osborn, the property was sitting in a safe deposit box for nearly 7 years.

What's unusual, is that the collection consists of ancient artifacts ranging back to 2500 b.c., including an Egyptian Pharaoh mask, Roman and Greek pottery, Phoenician daggers and African spears.

Osborn said a research specialist tracked down the owner of all the items.

The researcher found the 65-year-old man living in a hotel in Oregon and getting by on food stamps.

Turns out, the man owned an antiques and collectibles business in Lincoln but he went bankrupt. When the man became bankrupt, he thought the bank re-possessed his collection.

The State Treasurers Office won't release the identity of the man because they are concerned for his welfare as he'll soon be worth more than a $200,000.

"That's why we always tell people, keep looking cause this gets turned over to us all the time, not always something this cool, but we get stuff turned over to us all the time," said Shane Osborn, Nebraska State Treasurer.

The office is shipping the property to an undisclosed location in Oregon Tuesday.

According to the state treasurers office, they have given back $38 million of unclaimed property in the past 3 years.
It estimates there are still about 250,000 Nebraskans with unclaimed property.

To find out if you have property waiting to be claimed, visit or call 402-471-2455

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