Year of the Rat $1 Notes Feature ‘8888’ Serial Numbers


In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving (BEP) is now offering its latest annual Lucky Money product.

$1 Year of the Rat 2020 product images
BEP product image for its $1 Year of the Rat 2020 Lucky Money product

Featuring an uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with "8888," the BEP’s "1$ Year of the Rat" product was released today for $5.95.

The note is the bureau’s seventh release in the second generation of the Lucky Money Lunar Calendar product line. No more than 108,888 of the "8888" serial numbered $1 notes will be sold. This product has a smaller limit of 93,888.

The Year of the Rat occupies the first position in the 12-year Chinese zodiac. Those born in the year are said to have a zodiac rat personality and characteristics. In many Asian communities, the number 8 denotes wealth and prosperity.

Ordering and Bulk Pricing Option

The BEP collaborated with the United States Mint and its money products are now sold through the Mint’s e-commerce system. Place orders for this newest release from the Lucky Money Collection section of the Mint’s website at:

Each note is protected by an acid-free sleeve and is enclosed in a red folder featuring decorative, embossed gold foil. The note itself may be from any one of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts.

In addition to individual pricing, the BEP has a bulk pricing option with 50 or more notes discounted to $4.50 each. There is an initial household order limit of 250 notes. The limit was lifted for last year’s release after the first 48 hours.

About the BEP

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s main mission is to develop and produce United States banknotes. The agency prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. These notes are produced at facilities in Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, TX.