Series I Savings Bond Gallery

The Series I savings bond is issued by the United States Treasury and is a way for small investors to protect themselves from the dangers of inflation during times of rising prices. The interest earned on I bonds is determined by a combination of a fixed rate and an inflation rate, the latter of which changes every six months based on the Consumer Price Index, or CPI. Unlike the Series EE paper bonds, the Series I paper bonds are issued at full face value. That is, if you buy a $10,000 I bond, it will cost you $10,000 in cash at the time you make the investment.

These high-resolution images will show you the paper certificate versions of the Series I savings bonds, as well as explain which Americans are featured on the bond vignette and why their contribution to our nation was so important.

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$50 Series I Savings Bond

Fifty Dollar Series I Savings Bond Certificate

The $50 Series I savings bond certificate features Helen Keller. Here is the official Fifty Dollar I Bond description from the U.S. Treasury:

Helen Keller (1880-1968) lost her sight and hearing as a young child due to illness, but overcame these challenges and went on to become the twentieth century's best known advocate for people with disabilities. Through her writing, lectures, and work with various organizations, Keller focused public attention on issues affecting the handicapped. She was also successful in making Braille the standard for printed communication with the blind. She had a lifelong relationship with the American Foundation for the Blind, and was instrumental in the Lions Club International's devotion to the blind and blindness prevention.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$75 Series I Savings Bond

Seventy Five Dollar United States Series I Savings Bond

These $75 Series I savings bonds feature Dr. Hector Garcia. According to the Treasury Department release on the bonds:

Dr. Hector P. Garcia (1914-1996) was a medical doctor who spent his life working to help the poor, sick, and neglected. Dr. Garcia served in World War II, received the Bronze Star Medal, and became a leading advocate for Mexican-American veterans' rights. He was an activist in the Latino civil rights movement and founder of the American G.I. Forum, an organization that addresses the health, education, and civil rights of Hispanic veterans. Dr. Garcia was the first Mexican-American to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He received our nation's highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1984 from President Ronald Reagan.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$100 Series I Savings Bonds

100 Dollar Series I Savings Bond with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The $100 Series I savings bond features the vignette of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most important figures in American history due to his role in securing civil rights and equality for African Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), a Baptist minister from Atlanta, was one of the most prominent figures in the Civil Rights movement, which succeeded in achieving legal equality for African Americans. He co-founded and served as the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, organized to promote the advancement of integration and legal and social equality. Dr. King was the recipient of numerous awards, which recognized his outstanding work for non violent social change, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In 1986, Dr. King's birthday became a national holiday in recognition of his enormous contributions to American history.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$200 Series I Savings Bond Gallery

Chief Joseph $200 Series I Savings Bond Certificate

The $200 Series I savings bond features Chief Joseph. Here's the Treasury Department's official release on him in regards to the savings bond program:

Chief Joseph (1840-1904), a Native American leader, is best known for his principled resistance to the U.S. government's attempts to force the Nez Perce onto a reservation. An 1863 treaty took away their lands and forced the Nez Perce and their leader into a position of resistance. Though he consistently opposed war, when conflict became inevitable Chief Joseph and other leaders led the Nez Perce on a courageous retreat in 1877 for more than a thousand miles through Montana and Idaho. After a five-day siege only 30 miles from safety, he surrendered. In his final years, Chief Joseph spoke eloquently of the injustice of United States policy toward his people and held out hope that one-day freedom and equality might come for Native Americans.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$500 Series I Savings Bond Gallery

The $500 Series I Savings Bond Certificate with George C. Marshall Vignette

The $500 Series I savings bond features George C. Marshall, one of the most renowned military figures in the history of the United States. Marshall later received the Nobel Peace Prize and was responsible for largely building the economies of the world following the devastation of World War II. This I bond was designed to honor his memory.

Here is the Treasury Department's official release regarding the Marshall Series I savings bond:

George C. Marshall (1880-1959) was one of the most renowned military figures in United States history, serving as a General of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. He led U.S. military efforts to victory in World War II. Later, through the Marshall Plan, he built the foundation for the economic rehabilitation of Europe for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953- the first soldier to receive this honor.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$1,000 Series I Savings Bond

1,000 Dollar Series I Savings Bond Certificate

Investing in a $1,000 Series I savings bond means that your principal will be protected from rising costs because one of the components used to calculate the interest rate you earn is determined, in part, by changes in the consumer price index, or CPI. That means that as the cost of living increases, the interest earned on your savings bonds increases. Unlike traditional bonds, I bonds don't pay interest out in the form of cash but rather earned interest is reinvested and added to the principal value of the bond itself. When you are ready to cash the bond out, you sell it back to the United States Government (this is known as "redeeming" the bond).

The $1,000 Series I savings bond features Albert Einstein. Here is the Treasury Department's release regarding this I bond denomination:

With the special and general theories of relativity, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) replaced Newton's view of absolute time and absolute space with a new physics in which time slows down and gravity changes the shape of the universe. Albert Einstein is a symbol of the pursuit of truth through science that knows no national boundaries. As an immigrant to the United States, Einstein fled pre-war Germany and became a United States citizen. As a prize-winning physicist, Einstein replaced centuries of physics with a new and more complete view of the universe. As an international figure, Einstein fought for the cause of peace. He received the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on the photoelectric effect.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$5,000 Series I Savings Bond

Five Thousand Dollar Series I Savings Bond

The $5,000 Series I savings bond features Marian Anderson and earns interest based upon a combined fixed rate and inflation rate. All Series I savings bonds are a special type of bond known as a "zero coupon". Instead of getting cash mailed to you or deposited directly into your bank account, as you would with a traditional bond, the interest earned gets added back to the principal value.

Marian Anderson (1897-1993) was a world-renowned contralto with a vocal mastery from Bach and Schubert to Verdi and spirituals. In 1939, barred from singing at a concert hall in Washington, D.C., because of her race, Anderson was invited to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a record crowd. Her long career started with singing in church as a young girl and took her to the pinnacle of the profession. In 1955, she became the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. Marian Anderson was loved and admired throughout the world as a great artist whose dignity in the face of discrimination opened doors for the many African-American artists now performing in concert halls and opera houses worldwide.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.

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$10,000 Series I Savings Bonds

Ten Thousand Dollar Series I Savings Bonds

Although you can no longer invest in the $10,000 Series I savings bond, the original design featured Spark Matsunaga. According to the Treasury Department:

Spark Matsunaga (1916-1990), a war hero who became a United States Senator from Hawaii, dedicated his career to promoting peace and achieving justice. A Japanese-American, Matsunaga served with distinction in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the first Japanese American unit formed during World War II, for which he received the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts. As a political leader, he was a champion of civil rights for all Americans regardless of race. As a member of the United States Senate, he worked to promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and he fought for redress for survivors of the World War II internment camps.

More About the Series I Savings Bond

You can read our Guide to Investing in Series I Savings Bonds. This will walk you through tons of information about savings bonds, especially the series I savings bond, including how you can add them to your portfolio, annual purchase limits, ownership requirements, tax benefits, and much more.