$200 November 45 E bond sells on eBay for $1,125

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Categorized as: Savings Bond FAQ

A $200 Series E Savings Bond issued in November 1945 has apparently sold for $1,125 on eBay.

The same seller has other Savings Bonds on offer, but so far none have a bid above $25.

The redemption value of the November 1945 bond, which stopped paying interest in 1985, is $915.44. Of course, only the owner of the bond or the owner’s legal heirs can redeem it.

A Savings Bond registered to someone you don’t know has no intrinsic value to you other than as a collectable.

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8 Comments

On February 12th, 2007 Rico said:

Out of curiosity, has the Treasury *ever* issued bearers bonds? (i.e. bonds redeemable by the bearer)

On February 13th, 2007 Tom Adams said:

Rico – according to Steve Meyerhardt, who’s with the Treasury’s press office:

The Treasury did issue marketable securities in bearer form up until the mid-1980’s, when concern about the use of bearer securities by such entities as drug cartels led to their demise. The last bearer securities that were earning interest, a 30-year bond issued in 1981, were called last year. However, there are still a considerable number of bearer securities that have not been turned in by holders. While these no longer earn interest, they remain worth their face value. Holders can call 304-480-7537 for information on how to redeem these bonds.

On March 3rd, 2007 kym said:

i have a ‘POSTAL SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE PURCHASE OF UNITED STATES DEFENSE SAVINGS BONDS’ ALSO SAYS 10 CENT STAMPS ON IT. ON THE BACK IT HAS PRINTED ‘FORM PS 333-10A’ AND ‘U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE:1941’
can you give me any info. on the value of this? and an outlet for possible buyers?

On March 9th, 2007 mike said:

It seems that this document doesn’t worth the paper it is printed on. Recent ebay auctions show that the highest price is only $3.25

On March 9th, 2007 Tom Adams said:

Like you, Mike, I’ve always suspected this might be a fake transaction.

Tom Adams

On September 22nd, 2009 barbara lyons said:

I have a 10 cent stamp book titled “Postal Savings Plan for the purchase of United States Defense Savings Bonds”…the info on the back is Form PS 333-104 411476 US government printing office 1941….the booklet has $2.20 worth of 10 cent stamps inside….I am interested in selling the item….

On September 23rd, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Barbara – the Treasury will cash it in for you, but I doubt you’ll find anyone willing to pay more than that for this. There’s more info here.

Tom Adams

On February 25th, 2010 Tim B. said:

I also have a United States Defense Savings bond booklet. Form PS 333-10A U.S. Government Printing office: 1941. I was curious if it was worth more being full? it has all $5.00 worth of 10 cent stamps.

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