Pricey (and unusual) unclaimed property

California's $6.1 billion haul of unclaimed property includes a sack of diamonds, nearly 20 pounds of gold bars -- and a can of sardines.

Police badges

unclaimed property badges

Most states auction off physical unclaimed property and hold the financial proceeds for owners. But California has held onto all property instead, a policy put in place by Controller John Chiang when he took office in 2007, said Jacob Roper, a spokesman for Chiang's office.

These police badges and medal are among some of those items.

Source: California State Controller's Office
- Last updated January 25 2013 02:34 PM ET

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