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PRESS RELEASE September 18, 1973

World Bank Places $170 Million 2-Year Bond Issue

The World Bank announced the placement of a $170,000,000 Issue of U.S. dollar bonds maturing September 15, 1975 in markets outside the United States. The Bonds were purchased by central banks and other governmental institutions of 50 countries and by one international organization. Such purchasers now hold $810,000,000 of World Bank two- year Bonds.

The new World Bank Bonds, known as "Two-Year Bonds of 1973, due September 15, 1975" bear interest at 8-5/8% per annum, payable semiannually. The Issue was sold at par.

The new Bonds were delivered on September 17, 1973. An issue in the aggregate principal amount of $170,860,000 placed outside the United States with similar purchasers in September 1971 matured on September 15, 1973.