Denominations and Serial Numbers

Monday, January 31st, 2005
Categorized as: Savings Bond FAQ

I have a list of my Savings Bonds that includes serial numbers, dates, and registrations, but I forgot to write down the denominations. Can I tell the denominations from the letter in the serial numbers?

Tom’s response

You can. Here’s what the prefixes mean, regardless of series:

  • L – $50
  • K – $75
  • C – $100
  • R – $200
  • D – $500
  • M – $1,000
  • V – $5,000
  • X – $10,000
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