The chance is that it will be of interest only to collectors of such things - the name for such a hobby is scripophily.Investments If you have an old policy with an insurance company long since disappeared from view, you can track down the company through the Association of British Insurers (020 7600 3333 or org.uk).Bank notes A new £20 note is being issued next year, with the current Elgar note being gradually replaced by one featuring Adam Smith.Since 1980, 12 notes have been issued and withdrawn by the Bank of England.In addition, policies might have been cashed in years earlier, although this might not be clear from the policy documents.Insurance companies do not keep details of plans going back decades - so don't expect a fortune from your discovery.If you don't reply, the account will be treated as 'lost' although the money in it will remain yours. If you don't have these details, you could pay the Unclaimed Assets Register (co.uk) to do the work for you.
Bear in mind that many 'penny' policies - the sort that were sold door-to-door with tiny premiums - are unlikely to be worth much except for sentimental reasons.
Coins are dealt with by the Royal Mint - its helpdesk is on 01443 222111.
But, I was thrilled by the ultimatum given to the company by the hackers, because offering escapades to a married person having marriage trouble is like offering booze to an alcoholic. But I do not want you to think it will pass, and everything will automatically be okay.
You can do this by post or in person at the Bank of England in the City of London (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3pm).
More details are at banknotes/about/Damaged notes will have to be sent to the Bank of England's cash centre in Leeds - you can get details at The inquiry line is on 01.While banks and building societies periodically clear up their books of dormant accounts, there are still many with just a few pounds in them. You can write to it at: Pension Tracing Service, Tyneview Park, Whitley Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE98 1BA, go online at or call 0845 6002 537.