What Are Series EE Savings Bonds?

A Photo Gallery of Each Denomination of Available Bonds

The Series EE savings bonds issued by the United States Government are one of the most popular and well-known types of bond investments in history thanks to the ease with which they can be bought and sold. In this photo gallery, we'll show you the denominations that are available to Series EE savings bond investors that want to invest in paper bonds (the alternative is the electronic system that allows you to open an account directly with the Treasury Department and invest in bonds over the Internet). 

The paper version of the $50 United States Series EE Savings Bond certificate features a vignette of the nation's first president, George Washington.

The United States Treasury Department issues both paper Series EE bonds and electronic Series EE bonds. The two types work very differently — read on to learn how.

$50 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate

$50 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate
U.S. Treasury

This paper bond features a $50 face value with an image of George Washington, the nation's first President, against a watermark of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the Declaration of Independence was signed by the founding fathers.

When you buy a paper Series EE bond you will pay 50% of the face value. In this case, you would pay $25 in cash today and receive the $50 savings bond within 15 business days to your address of record.

Depending upon the interest rate paid on your Series EE savings bonds, your bond will reach face value at some point in the future. An important thing that most new investors don't understand: Your bond can continue to earn interest for up to 30 years. This means that it's possible for it to exceed the face value at some point in the future. This $50 bond, for which you paid $25, could be worth $200, depending upon how long you hold it and the interest rate at which it was issued to you.

$75 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate

75 Dollar Series EE Savings Bond Certificate
 U.S. Treasury

The $75 Series EE United States saving bond features the nation's second President, Mr. John Adams.

The paper bond features a $75 face value with an image of John Adams, the nation's second President, against a watermark of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the Declaration of Independence was signed by the founding fathers.

For this bond type, you would pay $37.50 in cash today and receive the $75 savings bond within 15 business days to your address of record. This $75 bond, which cost you $37.50, could be worth $300, depending upon how long you hold it and the interest rate at which it was issued to you.

$100 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate

$100 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate
U.S. Treasury

The paper bond, which you can see above, features a $100 face value with an image of Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third President, author of the Declaration of Independence, and first Secretary of State, against a watermark of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In this case, you would pay $50 in cash today and receive the $100 savings bond within 15 business days to your address of record. This $100 bond, which cost you $50, could be worth $500, depending upon how long you hold it and the interest rate at which it was issued to you.

$200 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate

$200 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate
U.S. Treasury 

The $200 Series EE savings bond features James Madison.

There are several tax advantages to investing in Series EE savings bonds. They include:

  • Series EE savings bonds are exempt from state and local income tax.
  • Series EE savings bonds can be deferred until redemption if you use the cash tax reporting option.
  • In the past, investors could exchange Series EE savings bonds for Series H/HH bonds, thereby deferring taxes and extending the 30 year period on which you can earn interest. However, the Treasury halted this program in 2004.
  • If you meet the income requirements, Series EE savings bonds can be used to pay for certain higher education expenses without paying taxes on any of the interest income you earned over the years.

$500 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate

500 Dollar Series EE Savings Bond
U.S. Treasury 

The $500 Series EE savings bond is issued by the United States Treasury and features the image of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary.

Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the nation's banking system, is honored on the $500 Series EE savings bond, issued by the very institution he oversaw during his life. The American patriot, founding father, and lawyer also founded the Bank of New York, the oldest bank in the state. Although he was never president, Hamilton's remarkable career helped lay the foundation for the rise of the United States economic powerhouse.

$1,000 Series EE Savings Bond

$1,000 United States Series EE Savings Bond with Benjamin Franklin
U.S. Treasury 

The $1,000 Series EE savings bond features Benjamin Franklin and a watermark of Independence Hall.

The $1,000 Series EE Savings bond features Benjamin Franklin, the wealthiest man in the colonies and one of the most respected of the founding fathers due to his remarkable achievements in science and politics, convincing the French government to support the fledgling nation in its war for independence from Great Britain. Issued at 50% of face value (that is, you would pay $500 in cash to acquire the $1,000 face value bond), each Series EE savings bond can earn interest for up to 30 years.

$5,000 Series EE Savings Bond

$5,000 Series EE Savings Bond Certificate
 U.S. Treasury

The $5,000 United States Series EE savings bond features Paul Revere against a watermark of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Paul Revere is honored on the $5,000 Series EE savings bond. Issued at a cost of $2,500, the bonds stop earning interest after 30 years and can enjoy tax benefits not available to other bonds.

$10,000 Series EE Savings Bond

10,000 Dollar Series EE Savings Bond
U.S. Treasury

The $10,000 Series EE savings bonds cost $5,000 when purchased and can earn interest for up to 30 years. The paper bond certificate features James Wilson.

The $10,000 Series EE savings bond features James Wilson, an original signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the six original justices appointed by President George Washington to the United States Supreme Court. This bond can be purchased at 50% of face value, or $5,000, and can earn interest for up to 30 years.