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History of U.S. Treasury Notes

Treasury Notes have fixed maturities of at least one year and not more than 10 years. They are issued with a stated rate of interest, pay interest semiannually, and are redeemed at par at maturity.

When they were issued in definitive (paper) form, Treasury notes were issued in various denominations to a high of $1 million. However, to refund a sizeable amount of the debt incurred during World War II, from 1955 to 1969 Treasury issued notes with the added denominations of $100 million and $500 million.

Presently, all U.S. Treasury notes are issued and held electronically and the 2, 3, 5, and 7-year notes are auctioned every month. The 10-year notes are auctioned at original issue in February, May, August, and November, with reopenings in January, March, April, June, July, September, October, and December.

Timeline of U.S. Treasury Notes

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