Using Treasury Hunt to find forgotten Savings Bonds
Friday, May 19th, 2006
Categorized as: Inheriting and bequeathing US Savings Bonds • Lost or stolen US Savings Bonds
The Treasury has an online system called Treasury Hunt that allows you to search for Savings Bonds that you may have forgotten about or that were lost in the mail.
However, the system has important limits. It contains only:
- most of the $13 billion worth of outstanding stinker bonds – but not the oldest ones
- undeliverable bonds returned by the Post Office since 1996 (at the rate of about 15,000 bonds a year)
- in addition to Savings Bonds, the system includes marketable Treasury securities and interest checks (25,000 a year) returned by the Post Office
If a security is still earning interest and wasn’t returned to the Treasury by the Post Office, it won’t be in Treasury Hunt, even if you don’t know where it is.
If you are the Executor of an estate, it makes sense to enter the decedent’s Social Secuity Number in the system to see if anything turns up.
And that’s all there is to it. Ready? Here’s the link to Treasury Hunt.