Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) tours and facilities will close between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the agency announced Wednesday.
"As an efficiency measure, the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing facilities located in Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas will shut down operations at the close of business on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015," the agency said.
Along with the printing facilities, both Tour and Visitor Centers will be closed to the public at the end of business on Tuesday, Dec. 23. The Washington, D.C. Tour and Visitor Center will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5 while the Fort Worth Tour and Visitor Center will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
In related news, the BEP sold all of its Year of the Goat Lucky Money $1 Notes. Released Dec. 3 for $5.95, the notes feature serial numbers beginning with "8888." The bureau had offered a total of 88,888.
Still available are Dragon·Phoenix Circle of Fortune $100 Notes, which also debuted on Dec. 3. Priced at $138.88 per note and limited to 8,888, each $100 bill also features a serial number beginning with "8888."
About the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The BEP is the largest producer of security documents in the United States. It prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. It also produces products for collectors to include intaglio prints, vignettes, and presidential portraits.