31 U.S.C. § 3123 Payment of Obligations and Interest On the Public Debt

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CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Citation31 U.S.C. § 3123

(a) The faith of the United States Government is pledged to pay, in legal tender, principal and interest on the obligations of the Government issued under this chapter.

(b) The Secretary of the Treasury shall pay interest due or accrued on the public debt. As the Secretary considers expedient, the Secretary may pay in advance interest on the public debt by a period of not more than one year, with or without a rebate of interest on the coupons.


(1) The Secretary may issue a bond, note, or certificate of indebtedness authorized under this chapter whose principal and interest are payable in a foreign currency stated in the bond, note, or certificate. The Secretary may dispose of the bonds, notes, and certificates at a price that is at least par value without complying with section 3102(b)-(d) of this title.

(2) In determining the dollar amount of bonds, notes, and certificates of indebtedness that may be issued under this chapter, the dollar equivalent of the amount of bonds, notes, and certificates payable in a foreign currency is determined by the par of the exchange value on the date of issue of the bonds, notes, or certificates as published by the Secretary under section 5151 of this title.

(3) The Secretary may designate depositaries in foreign countries in which any part of the proceeds of bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness payable in the foreign currency may be deposited.

<TABLE> <TR><TD colspan="3">HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>Revised Section</TD> <TD>Source (U.S. Code)</TD> <TD>Source (Statutes at Large)</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>3123(a)</TD> <TD>31:731.</TD> <TD>R.S. §3693.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD> </TD> <TD>31:753(d)(2d sentence).</TD> <TD>Sept. 24, 1917, ch. 56, 40 Stat. 288, §18(d)(2d sentence); added Mar. 3, 1919, ch. 100, §1, 40 Stat. 1310.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD> </TD> <TD>31:768(words before semicolon).</TD> <TD>Feb. 4, 1910, ch. 25, §1(words before semicolon), 36 Stat. 192.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>3123(b)</TD> <TD>31:732.</TD> <TD>R.S. §3698.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD> </TD> <TD>31:733(words before semicolon).</TD> <TD>R.S. §3699(words before semicolon); restated Jan. 30, 1934, ch. 6, §9, 48 Stat. 341.</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD>3123(c)</TD> <TD>31:766.</TD> <TD>Sept. 24, 1917, ch. 56, 40 Stat. 288, §16; added Apr. 4, 1918, ch. 44, §6, 40 Stat. 505; Nov. 13, 1966, Pub. L. 89-809, §401, 80 Stat. 1590.</TD> </TR> </TABLE>

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