August 27, 2013
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PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF
Inside the State House, in the treasurer’s office, lay a locked safe whose contents were a mystery to longtime employees.
This month, after inquiries from a Globe reporter, Treasurer Steven Grossman brought in two professional safecrackers to open the safe.
The safe contained what MacDonald called “costume jewelry,” including a bronze cross necklace and a Masonic ring.
First Deputy Treasurer Jim MacDonald (left) and Grossman examined documents in the vault.
MacDonald looked through a file drawer inside the large safe.
Signature plates of, from top to bottom, Robert Q. Crane, John T. Driscoll, John F. Kennedy — not the president.
A 1909 stock certificate.
Until the early 1990s, state employees could cash their checks at the treasurer’s office, which kept about $1.7 million in cash on hand.
MacDonald checked that the safe was bolted to the wall.
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