City of Pasco Contractor Discovers Old Money
The City of Pasco’s contractor discovered a stash of old Japanese Yen bills while tearing down a building as part of the Lewis Street Overpass Project, and the City is in the process of determining the proper disposition of the found property pursuant to Washington State law.
While removing a mural in the basement of the building at 201 West Lewis, the City’s contractor, Ray Poland, found the Yen in a wall. As far as it can be determined, the Yen currency dates back to the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.
The Yen is currently in possession of the Pasco Police until further investigation is completed, which is standard procedure when property is found. The value of the old Yen is unknown, as it is no longer recognized currency, but the bills themselves have collection value. The City’s attorney is coordinating with the Police and City staff to outline the process that will be followed up to resolution. It is expected that the process may take the next several weeks to be completed.