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