150th Anniversary Chase Intaglio Print Released by BEP


The 150th Anniversary Chase Intaglio Print, which is second of three intaglio prints from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) to commemorate its 150th anniversary, was released today, August 7, 2012.

150th Anniversary Chase Intaglio Print
BEP image of the 150th Anniversary Chase Intaglio Print

The Chase Intaglio Print launched on schedule at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

This unique print features Salmon P. Chase, who served as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 when Congress passed legislation that eventually started the BEP. The act allowed Chase to buy equipment and hire employees to engrave and print legal tender notes popularly known as, "greenbacks," for the Department of the Treasury during the Civil War.

A portrait of Secretary Chase, engraved in 1873 by Charles Burt, is featured on the card, along with a vignette of the first home of the BEP, the Auditors Building. It was engraved in 1880 by Lorenzo Hatch and Francis H. Noyes. Another notable engraving on the print includes a vignette called, "After The War (Female Figure)," which was engraved in 1889 by John A. O’Neill.

The Chase Intaglio Print is $22.50 each online at www.moneyfactorystore.gov, but it is slightly discounted at the World’s Fair of Money convention until August 11. There the print can be purchased for $20 each at booth #104. Bulk pricing is available for orders consisting of 50 prints or more.

Intaglio printing is an age-old art dating back several centuries. The first commemorative 2012 intaglio print of the BEP’s 150th anniversary series featured Abraham Lincoln, the President of the U.S. in office when the operation now known as the BEP was formed. The third and final print in the series is said to feature William Clark and launch on October 18, 2012.

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