Way back in 2006, the U.S.Mint made available a pure gold coin with a face value of $50 and a selling price of $800.
The good news is I pre-ordered one and received it in July of that same year.
The bad news is that I only bought one:
However, the smart news is that I no longer keep it in my safe deposit box at the bank:
California law used to say property was unclaimed if the rightful owner had had no contact with the business for 15 years. But during various state budget crises, the waiting period was reduced to seven years, and then five, and then three. Legislators even tried for one year. Why? Because the state wanted to use that free money.
"That's absolutely correct," said California State Controller John Chiang, who inherited the situation when he came into office. "What we've done here over the last two decades has been dead wrong. We've kept the property and not provided owners with the opportunities -- the best opportunities -- to get their property back."
Just never you mind where I keep it.