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Liberty Bonds were first utilized during
the first World War to support the allied cause

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Liberty Bond History

Liberty bonds were first utilized during the first World War to support the allied cause in World War I. Subscribing to the bonds became a symbol of patriotic duty in the United States and introduced the idea of financial securities to many citizens for the first time.  This allowed private citizens to purchase a bond to help support the military effort. After the war, the bond could be redeemed for its purchase price plus interest.

A Liberty bond will have a maturation date somewhere on the front on the bond. A maturation date is the earliest someone can redeem the value plus interest.  Liberty Bonds from WWI do not continue to earn interest. The redemption value is usually the face value of the bond plus any unused coupons attached to the bond.

You can call your bank to find out the redemption value and/or you can call 703-787-3552 to find out what someone would buy it for as a collectible. 

There were four issues of Liberty Bonds:
  • Apr 24, 1917 Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent.
  • Oct 1, 1917 Second Liberty Loan offers $3 billion in bonds at 4 percent.
  • Apr 5, 1918 Third Liberty Loan offers $3 billion in bonds at 4.5 percent.
  • Sep 28, 1918 Fourth Liberty Loan offers $6 billion in bonds at 4.25 percent.

 

Jul 28, 1914 World War I begins with Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia.
Jul 31, 1914 New York Stock Exchange closes because of European Crisis. (Reopens Dec. 12).
Aug 1914 Emergency currency is issued under Aldrich Vreeland Act.
Aug 1, 1914 German declares war on Russia (France on Aug. 3, Britain on Aug. 4). Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia and Japan declares war on Germany in August.
Nov 16, 1914 Federal Reserve Banks open for business.
Jan 25, 1915 Telephone service begins between New York and San Francisco.
Oct 15, 1915 U.S. bankers float $500 million loan to Britain and France at 5 percent.
Sep 8, 1916 Emergency Revenue Act doubles income tax rates, adds estate tax and munitions profits tax, and establishes Tariff Commission.
Nov 7, 1916 Wilson is reelected as President.
Feb 3, 1917 USS "Housatonic" is sunk by German submarine, and U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Germany.
Mar 3, 1917 Special Preparedness Fund Act provides for excess profit taxes and higher inheritance taxes.
Apr 2, 1917 Wilson calls special session of Congress for declaration of war against Germany. (On April 4, Senate votes for war and house concurs on April 6.)
Apr 24, 1917 Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent.
Jun 21, 1917 Federal Reserve Act is amended to encourage membership, mobilize gold reserves, and facilitate issue of notes.
Oct 1, 1917 Second Liberty Loan offers $3 billion in bonds at 4 percent.
Oct 3, 1917 War Revenue Act doubles income taxes, provides for excess profits tax, and imposes many excises.
Nov 6, 1917 Russian Bolshevist overthrow Kerensky's Provisional Government, placing Lenin in power.
Dec 7, 1917 U.S. declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Dec 26, 1917 The U.S. Railroad Administration takes charge of the nation's railroads.
Apr 5, 1918 Third Liberty Loan offers $3 billion in bonds at 4.5 percent.
Sep 28, 1918 Fourth Liberty Loan offers $6 billion in bonds at 4.25 percent.

 

Below are examples of Bonds we are looking to acquire:

Liberty Loan of 1917 (United States Government) 1917  $100. Blue “50 THREE AND ONE HALF PERCENT” and Treasury Seal. Thomas
Jefferson, left. Statue of Liberty, right. orange eagle and Columbia statue on back. Embossed large Treasury seal above register’s name.

Second Liberty Loan Converted 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1927-1942 (United States Government) 1918. $100. Coupons to the side and underneath. Brilliant yellow-orange underprint and "SECOND LIBERTY LOAN CONVERTED". Blue Treasury Seal. Andrew Jackson. Torch, bottom. Orange Columbia above Capitol with flag and Statue of Liberty on the back. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo. Issued under the Act of May 9, 1918.

Third Liberty Loan 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1928 (United States Government) 1918. $50.  Red underprint and "THIRD LIBERTY LOAN". Blue treasury seal. Thomas Jefferson. Torch, below. Brown bald eagle on reverse. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

Third Liberty Loan 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1928 (United States Government) 1918. $1000.  Red underprint and "THIRD LIBERTY LOAN". Blue treasury seal. Abraham Lincoln. Torch, below. Green bald eagle on reverse. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo. Approved under the Act of April 24, 1917 this Liberty Loan bond was authorized to raise funds to help win the first World War.

Fourth Liberty Loan 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1933-1938 (United States Government) 1918.  $50.  Green underprint and "FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. Thomas Jefferson. Torch, below. Brown Justice on the reverse. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

Fourth Liberty Loan 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1933-1938 (United States Government) 1918. $100.. Green underprint and "FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Torch, below. Orange Justice on the reverse. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

Fourth Liberty Loan 4 1/4% Bond of 1933-1938 (United States Government) 1918.  $500. Coupons to the side and underneath.Green underprint and "FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. George Washington. Torch, below. Blue Justice on the reverse. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

Liberty Loan of 1917 (United States Government) 1917. $50. Blue "50 THREE AND ONE HALF PERCENT" and Treasury Seal. Thomas Jefferson, left. Statue of Liberty, right. Brown eagle and Columbia statue on back. Embossed large Treasury seal above register’s name. The original series of eighty coupons are bound to the side with none clipped.

United States of America (USA) 1918. Third Liberty Loan.. $50. 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1928. No coupons. Red "THIRD LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. Thomas Jefferson. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

United States of America (USA) 1918. Third Liberty Loan.  $100. 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1928. All four coupons attached. Red "THIRD LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo. These bonds were sold with only four coupons attached.

United States of America (USA) 1918. Third Liberty Loan.. $100. 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1928. All four coupons attached. Red "THIRD LIBERTY LOAN". Red treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

United States of America (USA) 1918. Fourth Liberty Loan.  $50. 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1933-1938. All four coupons attached. Brown "FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN". Brown treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

United States of America (USA) 1918. Fourth Liberty Loan. $100. 4 1/4% Gold Bond of 1933-1938. All four coupons attached. Brown "FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN". Brown treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Facsimile signatures of Teehee and McAdoo.

United States of America (USA) 1919. Victory Liberty Loan. $50. 4 3/4 Convertible Gold Note of 1922-23. Coupons underneath and to the side. Blue underprint and treasury seal. Thomas Jefferson. Brown eagle on reverse.

United States of America (USA) 1919. Victory Liberty Loan. $100. 4 3/4% Convertible Gold Note of 1922-1923. Coupons underneath and to the side. Blue underprint and treasury seal. Andrew Jackson. Orange eagle on reverse.

United States Government Liberty Loan Bond Specimen. $10. Participation Certificate. Brown. Eagle atop rock, left. ABN.

United States of America 1918. Treasury Department Authorized Agent Certificate. Blue with gold highlights. Eagle with shield. Printed signature of McAdoo.

 

The following was reported in the News in 1917

LIBERTY LOANS OF 1917.

On April 24 congress passed an act authorizing an issue of $5,000,000,000 in bonds and $2,000,000 in certificates of indebtedness. The secretary of the treasury decided to place before the country a 32.000,000,000 Issue of bonds, in addition to a certain amount of short term certificates to meet the needs of the allies. The announcement of the initial offer of bonds was made May 2 and the details were made known May 14. The bonds were dated June 15, 1917, and bore interest at the rate of 314 per cent per annum from that date, payable semiannually on Dec. 15 and June 15. They will mature June 15, 1947, but may be redeemed on and after June 15, 1932, in whole or in part, at the option of the government. The bonds are exempt, both as to principal and interest, from all taxation except estate or inheritance taxes. Provision was made for converting the 3% per cent bonds into bonds paying a higher rate of interest if issued by the government daring the war with Germany. The dates for paying for the bonds on the installment plan were: 2 per cent on application; 18 per cent June 28. 1917. 20 per cent July 30, 30 per cent Aug. 15 and 30 per cent Aug. 30.

In floating the loan Secretary McAdoo took every mean* to make it popular and to clve every citizen of the United States an equHl opportunity to subscribe for the bonds. lie made two trips through the country in order to explain the necessities of the government, the great value of the bonds and the wisdom of the people Investing In them.

The federal reserve system afforded a great Instrument for the organization of the necessary machinery to distribute Information, sell the bonds and collect the vast amount of money placed at the disposal of the government. The twelve federal reserve banks, which are the fiscal agents of the government, became the headquarters of their respective districts In handling the lot n. The direction of the whole operation was centered In the treasury department and the plan of dealing with the several districts through the federal reserve banks resulted in the establishment of a workable organization that handled the situation expeditiously and effectively. The national banks, state banks, trust companies, private banks, bond houses, newspapers, express companies, department stores and many other private corporations, firms, organizations and individuals patriotically co-operated with the government to receive and transmit applications for the liberty loan without expense to the United States or to the applicants. Never before was the whole machinery of business and enterprise organized into a great voluntary machine for service to the country without expectation of compensation or hope of reward except the satisfaction that It contributed Immeasurably to the success of the greatest loan In our history, and thus to the cause for which the loan was made. More than 4.000.000 men and women subscribed for tbe bonds and 99 per cent subscribed in amounts ranging from 160 to $10,000.

The second liberty loan was offered Oct. 1. 1917, the terms being as follows: "The secretary of the treasury invites subscriptions, at par and accrued Interest, from the people of the United States for $3,000,000,000 of United States of America 10-25 year 4 per cent convertible gold 'bonds of an issue authorized by act of congress approved Sept. 24. 1917. the right being reserved to allot additional bonds up to onehalf the amount of any oversubscription."

On Nov. 8 Secretary McAdoo made the folic wing announcement:

I congratulate the American people upon the phenomenal success of the second liberty loan. The final returns Just received from the twelve federal reserve banks show that the total subscriptions were $4,617,632,300. an oversubscription of $1,617,532,300. or approximately 54 per cent of the amount offered. This Is a more gratifying result even than was the first liberty loan, when $2,000,000,000 of bonds were offered and a subscription of more than $3,000,000,000 was re

The treasury department estimated that the second liberty lean was subscribed to by 9,500000 persons and corporations.

The following tables show the treasury allotment to each federal reserve district and th» actual subscriptions:

FIRST LIBERTY LOAN.

District Allotment Subscriptions. New York $600,000,000 $1,186,788,400

Chicago 260,000,000

Boston 240,000,000

Cleveland 180,000,000

Philadelphia 140,000,000

San Francisco 140,000.000

Richmond 80,000.000

Kansas City 100,000.000

St Louis 80,000,000

Minneapolis 80,000.000

Atlanta 60,000.000

Dallas 40,000,000

Total

2.000,000,000 3,035,226,860

SECOND LIBERTY LOAN.

District Allotment Subscriptions.

Boston $300,000,000 $47l,960,060

New York 900,000.000 1,660,453.150

Philadelphia 250.000,000 380,350,250

Cleveland 300,000,000 486,106.800

Richmond 120.000,000 201,212.500

Atlanta 80,000,000 90,605.750

Chicago 420,000.000 685.853.351)

St Louis 120.000,000 184,280.750

Minneapolis 105,0(1(1,000 140.932.65J

Kansas City 120,000.000 150.125,760

Dallas 75,000.000 77.8S9.S50

San Francisco 210,000,000 292,671.160

Total 3,000,000,000 4,617,6S2,80»

LOANS TO ALLIED NATIONS.

Up to Dec. 10, 1917. the United States had made the following loans to the allied nations:

Great Britain $1,780,000,000

France 1,070,000,000

Italy 485.000,000

Russia 154.700,000

Belgium 47.000,000

Serbia ° 1.500.000

Romania 3,000.000

Total 3,541,200,000

 

 

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