Lost Savings Bonds Can Still be Redeemed. Learn How.February 14th, 2012 by David Waring
Have you lost savings bonds that were given to you on your 10th Birthday or other special occasion? You are not alone. According to the US Treasury, billions of dollars of savings bonds have stopped accumulating interest without being cashed in.
That $100 lost savings bond could be worth a nice sum. For example, a $100 E Series savings bond purchased in 1977 is worth around $550 today. Too bad it stopped earning interest 5 years ago. Motivated? Good!
Use Treasury Hunt To Look Up Lost Savings Bonds By Your Social Security #
Treasury Hunt is a somewhat limited service (it only includes Series E bonds that were issued after 1974 and have matured). To use it you just input your social security #. Go To Treasury Hunt
What do you do if you lost the physical savings bonds and/or Treasury Hunt does not have a record of them?
Not to worry, the Treasury Department has a form for lost or stolen savings bonds. You don’t need to know the serial # of the bond, but the more information you provide, the more likely that you will be able to get back the bonds or receive payment for them. Complete and follow the instructions on Form PDF 1048 “Claim For Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed United States Savings Bonds”.
Have a question that we did not answer?
You might be able to find the answer at Treasury Direct