Serial numbers in TreasuryDirect

Friday, October 29th, 2004
Categorized as: Treasury Direct

When you purchase bonds electronically, how would one know the serial number since on the transaction it only mentions the issue date and maturity date?

Tom’s response

Electronic bonds don’t have serial numbers. Serial numbers are used to identify specific paper bonds in case they are lost or destroyed. Since this can’t happen with electronic bonds, there’s no need for a serial number.

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FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit can pay 1 or 2% more than savings bonds when held for a similar length of time. See top CD Rates Below:


On September 18th, 2009 Roy Thomas Horne said:

I need help in finding out about my savings bond for Punt, Pass and Kick Championship Award. I won first place in the catagory for Ford Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. I have the plaque with me but since both my parents have passed away, I would like to cash it in. I can’t find the papers that went with the plaque, but like I said I have the plaque. Need help in what to do next.

On September 21st, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Roy – Follow the steps listed on my page on recovering lost savings bonds.

Tom Adams

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