The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in December added two new products to its Lucky Money Collection, which features uncirculated notes "capturing the significance of the numbers "8888" and "168," as well as the Zodiac celebrated for the specific Lunar Year."
On sale now for respective prices of $5.95 and $68.88 are:
- $1 Year of the Tiger
- $50 Dragon Boat
Few objects relating to man can be traced back more than a millennia, but the Chinese Lunar Calendar is one such example. Fine tuned through the years, the calendar has been linked to animals as a mnemonic aid in remembering the twelve cycles. In combination of the lunar calendar, to many, the number eight represents success, wealth and prosperity.
The year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. In celebration, the BEP has issued the $1 Year of the Tiger product that includes a "Lucky Money Note" – an uncirculated $1 note with a serial number beginning with "8888."
The offering is limited to 88,888. Purchases of 1,000 or more are discounted to $3.95 per. For more information, visit the BEP online store directly at http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/yearofthetiger.aspx.
Additionally, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has introduced its premium Dragon Boat product, which also features a crisp uncirculated note with a serial number beginning with "8888." However, the banknote is not $1 in denomination but instead a Series 2004 $50 Federal Reserve Note.
The offering is limited to 6,888. Purchases of 25 or more are discounted to $66.88 per. For more information on this product, visit the BEP online store directly at http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/luckymoneydragonboat.aspx.
Both products include notes that are within attractive folders and encased in a protective clear acid-free polymer sleeve.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the government agency responsible for printing US currency.