2012 BEP Limited Edition 150th Anniversary Currency Set

by Mike Unser on December 12, 2012 · 6 comments

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) released a limited-edition currency set commemorating its 150th anniversary.

2012 Limited Edition 150th Anniversary Currency Set

2012 Limited Edition 150th Anniversary Currency Set

Money collectors can order the 150th Anniversary Currency Set for $49.95 to receive a $2 note and $5 note with unique beginning and ending serial numbers. Those purchasing a set during the first month of release will also have a shot at winning an option to buy one of the first 150 sets produced. These include $2 and $5 notes that are hand autographed by Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.

Limited to 10,000 units, the BEP’s 150th Anniversary Currency Set includes a Series 2009 $5 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a Series 2009 $2 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The $5 note has a starting serial number of "1862," symbolizing the origin of the BEP. The $2 note has a starting serial number of "2012" to commemorate the BEP’s anniversary. The last four digits of the serial numbers on both bills match.

These two notes are held within a clear, acid-free polymer sleeve that is encased within a folder that includes information about the currency set. Accompanying the set is a 52-page booklet entitled 150 Years of Pride, Craftsmanship, and Innovation.

"This informative booklet traces the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s rich history and evolution, and includes a certificate authenticating the enclosed notes as genuine United States currency," the BEP website states.

Where to Order and Special Drawing

Orders for the 150th Anniversary Currency Set may be placed online through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing store found at www.moneyfactorystore.gov. More information about the drawing for the signed notes is also available through the set’s product page.

A limit of 100 sets is in place per household during the first week of sales. Bulk pricing is also available, with a price of $44.95 per unit for 10 or more sets.

Update: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing waived household ordering restrictions on December 19, 2012.

Making American History Coin and Currency Set

Another related anniversary product is the Making American History Coin and Currency Set. This is a joint offering from the BEP and United States Mint to celebrate their respective 150 and 220 years of service.

These sets went on sale August 7, 2012 for $72.95. Included for the price is a folder containing a 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagle and a Series 2009 $5 note that has a beginning serial number of "150."

Sales of the Making American History Coin and Currency Set stand at 53,645 as of Monday, December 10, 2012. They are limited to 100,000 units.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

stephwo December 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

What, you get $7.00 for $49.95??? Packageing these days are high?? What is wrong with BEP and the Mint is included in this. To me the BEP sells alot of pricey packaging with their products.

george glazener December 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Yep, and people gobble them up by the tens of thousands. That’s why the prices stay where they are..!!

techie December 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I ordered one and gave in to the collector side of me. 🙂 Maybe not a highly desired set from a investment point of view but thought it would be fun to have. Maybe someone will be happy getting one of those special 150 sets in the BEP drawing next month. I’d like to see what the special signed sets may sell for in auction.

RonnieBGood December 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

Make’s great wallpaper.

Frederick Crews December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

The BEP and the mint issue items for the collecting public.They have never said their products make great investments.

Wontae Wrighter February 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Would the autograph of “Rosie Rois” on the 150, make them a rare collectible or just give them a $10.00 bump?

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