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$2 star note packages new from BEP

Individual $2 star notes from all 12 Federal Reserve District banks and lucky Year of the Dog $1 notes are available from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as of Dec. 1.

A third new product, 12-note Federal Reserve sets of Series 2004 $50s, will become available Jan. 24, 2006.

The $2 notes, called star notes because they have a star at the end of the serial number, cost $9.95 each. To buy one from each Fed district to form your own 12-district set totals $119.40. All of these Series 2003 $2s have serial numbers under 16000. No effort will be made to provide matching serial numbers to customers.

The BEP is making available 10,000 notes from each district. Bulk orders of up to 250 packages will be allowed, with special price breaks if you order more than 50 from an individual bank or more than five 12-bank groups, and there is a further break if you order more than 100 notes.

The Year of the Dog packages, $5.95 each, include a $1 Federal Reserve Note with a serial number that begins with 8888. The number eight is considered lucky in some Asian cultures. This continues the BEP’s Lucky Money product line, which has included Year of the Goat, Year of the Horse, Year of the Rooster, Year of the Monkey and other items.

The product theme coincides with the Chinese lunar year. Jan. 29, 2006, is the first day of the Year of the Dog, also known as year 4703 in China.

In January 2006 the the BEP will introduce a 12-note set featuring crisp uncirculated Series 2004 $50 Federal Reserve Notes with matching very low serial numbers.

Each Series 2004 $50 Premium Federal Reserve Set will contain 12 $50s, one from each Federal Reserve district, and all 12 notes in each set will have the same serial numbers. The low numbering begins at 00000351A.

A total of 500 of these sets will be offered. Price is $1,095 per set.

First day of sale is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2006. On the first day of availability, orders will be limited to five sets per household.

Other 12-note Federal Reserve sets with matching serial numbers currently offered by the BEP include Series 1995 and 1999 $10 sets. A Series 2003 $2 12-note set with matching serial numbers sold out.

To order BEP products, call (800) 456-3408, visit The BEP Store online at www.moneyfactory.com, or write to Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Mail Order Sales, Room 515M, 14th & C Streets SW, Washington, DC 20228.

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