The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) on Wednesday launched two new Lucky Money Collection products featuring "Year of the Rabbit" and "Lucky Lion" notes.
The year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the BEP released its $1 Year of the Rabbit money product which features a crisp, uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve Note with a serial number beginning with “8888.”
Additionally, the BEP is offering its $10 Lucky Lion money product which features a crisp uncirculated Series 2003 $10 Federal Reserve Note with a serial number also starting with "8888."
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 $10 Lucky Lion note marks the first time the BEP has included the denomination in a Lucky Money product. The collection dates back to 2000.
“According to the legend, the lion is a symbol of strength and protects people from misfortune. It is also believed the shining light from the lantern guides the way toward prosperity and happiness,” said U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios when the two new notes were first unveiled.
Each offering is restricted to 88,888 units, with a 100 per household order limit in place during the first two weeks of release. For further product information, visit the BEP online money store directly at:
Every Lucky Money Collection product includes their respective notes within decorative folders. The notes are encased in a protective, clear acid-free polymer sleeve. The BEP’s Lucky Money First debuted in 2000.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the government agency responsible for printing US currency.