The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) on Monday made available the first of three intaglio print cards commemorating the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s 2011 Intaglio Print Program is entitled the "Franklin Commemorative Series." The series of prints features "exquisite compilation of unique engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing," according to the bureau.
The first print is named "Inventor." It includes an engraved portrait of Benjamin Franklin, two vignettes "Spirit of Electricity" and "Electric Power" and an engraving of an Experimental Die, entitled "Success Crowning Commerce and Labor."
The Franklin Commemorative Series "Inventor" Intaglio Print is available for a price of $22.50.
The second print card, named "Statesman," will be available in June 2011. The third and final Franklin Commemorative Series print is entitled "Postmaster." It will be released in conjunction with the BEP’s participation at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in August 2011.
For more information on the print, or to place an order, visit the BEP online store at http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/.
About the BEP
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the largest producer of security documents in the United States. The bureau prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes for delivery to the Federal Reserve System each year (the BEP does not produce coins — all coinage is minted by the United States Mint). These notes are produced at facilities in Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to U.S. currency, the bureau produces several other security documents such as portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, and Immigration and Naturalization Certificates.