Earlier today, Dec. 4, 2013, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) started accepting orders for its latest lucky money product featuring uniquely serialized $1 notes.
To celebrate the Year of the Horse and honor the Chinese Lunar New Year, the BEP has printed crisp uncirculated $1 notes with serial numbers beginning with "8888." The product is further limited to 88,888 units.
In the Chinese Lunar calendar, anyone born between the upcoming Chinese New Year of Jan. 31, 2014 and the end of that 12-month calendar on Feb. 18, 2015 is said to be born in the "Year of the Horse." Previous starting years include 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002. Those born in the "Year of the Horse" are said to be clever, energetic, optimistic and animated.
Pricing, Limits and Ordering Details
Year of the Horse Lucky Money $1 notes are priced at $5.95 each. Discounts are offered in larger quantities with prices reduced to $4.50 each when ordering 50 to 999, or as low as $3.95 each when ordering 1,000 or more. During the first week of sale, there is a household ordering limit of 500. That ends on Dec. 11, 2013, which is also when the BEP will begin shipping the notes.
For more information or to place orders, visit the Lucky Money Collection section of the BEP website at:
As pictured above, each lucky money note is placed inside a red folder with gold foil and embossing.
Public Note Signings by US Treasurer Rosie Rios
Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios will conduct public signings on Friday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the BEP Visitors Center in Washington, D.C.
The Visitors Center is located at 14th and C Streets, SW and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
BEP Holiday Closures
BEP facilities in Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, TX close for the holidays from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
Additionally, the Tour and Visitor Centers will close in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Dec. 23, at 3:00 p.m. and in Fort Worth, TX on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. They will re-open on January 2, 2014.