The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) delayed the release of its 2021 Year of the Ox $1 note, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic. An always popular annual offering, the BEP’s first Lucky Money product for a new year typically launches late in the prior year.
"Information regarding the unveiling and first day of sale purchase information will be released at a later date," the BEP said.
Celebrating the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 12, the Year of the Ox product will include an uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note carrying a serial number beginning with "8888." Eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture.
It will be the bureau’s eighth release in the second generation of its Lucky Money Lunar Calendar product line.
In addition, the BEP also said it is unable to replenish its inventory of money products sold through the U.S. Mint.
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.