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Postal Savings System $200 Note - Series of 1917
Beautiful uncancelled $200 Postal Savings System Note from the Post office Department of the United States of America
issued in 1937. This historic document and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the U.S. Seal. This item has the printed signature of the Postmaster General, and is over 63 years old.
Back of Certificate
An Act of Congress of June 25, 1910, established the Postal
Savings System in designated Post Offices, effective January 1,
1911. The legislation aimed to get money out of hiding, attract
the savings of immigrants accustomed to saving at Post Offices
in their native countries, provide safe depositories for people
who had lost confidence in banks, and furnish more convenient
depositories for working people. Although bankers first viewed
the Postal Savings System as competition, they later were
convinced that the Postal Savings System brought a
considerable amount of money out of hiding from mattresses
and cookie jars.
The law establishing the Postal Savings System directed the
Post Office Department to redeposit most of the money in the
system in local banks, where it earned 2.5 percent interest. The
Postal Savings System paid 2 percent interest per year on
deposits. The half percent difference in interest was intended to
pay for the operation of the system.
Certificates were issued to depositors as proof of their deposit
in the Postal Savings System. Interest was compounded
annually on all certificates issued on or after September 1, 1954, although simple interest continued to be
paid on certificates issued before that date. The initial maximum allowable balance of $500 was raised to
$1,000 in 1916 and to $2,500 in 1918. The initial minimum deposit was one dollar. In order to save
smaller amounts for deposit, customers could purchase a 10-cent postal savings card and 10-cent postal
savings stamps to fill it. The card could be used to open or add to an account when its value, together
with any attached stamps, amounted to one or more dollars, or it could be redeemed for cash.
Initially certificates of deposit were issued in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Until
May 1916, there was a monthly deposit cap of $100. Beginning in July 1917, certificates were also
issued in the amounts of $200 and $500. Beginning September 1, 1954, when new punchcard-style
certificates were issued, $1,000 and $2,500 denominations were added, and the $2 denomination was
dropped. The $1 denomination was dropped in August 1956, when the minimum deposit was raised to
From July 1, 1911, to July 1, 1935, Postal Savings System deposits could be exchanged in amounts of
$20 or more for postal savings bonds, which yielded 2.5 percent interest. After July 1, 1935, customers
could purchase U.S. savings bonds in lieu of postal savings bonds.
Beginning in 1940, postal savings stamps were also issued in 25-cent, 50-cent, and 1-dollar
denominations. In 1941, a 5-dollar denomination was added, and while still redeemable for certificates of
deposit, the stamps were meant to be pasted into booklets which were redeemable for United States
Treasury Defense savings bonds.
Deposits were slow at first, but by 1929, $153 million was on deposit. Savings spurted to $1.2 billion
during the 1930s and jumped again during World War II, peaking in 1947 at almost $3.4 billion, with more
than four million depositors using 8,141 postal units. The large increase during the war was attributed to
the shortage of goods for purchase, the drop in bank interest rates to one percent or less, and the
convenience offered by familiar Post Offices to people working long hours and displaced from their
After World War II, goods became available to meet pent-up consumer demand, banks raised their
interest rates to two percent or higher and offered the same government guarantee as the Postal Savings
System, and savings bonds provided a higher rate of interest. Deposits in the Postal Savings System
declined, dropping to $416 million by 1964.
On April 27, 1966, the Post Office Department stopped accepting deposits to existing accounts, refused
to open new accounts, and cut off interest payments as the yearly anniversary date of existing accounts
The Postal Savings System ended officially on July 1, 1967.
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