Set to go on sale at noon Eastern Time Feb. 5 from the U.S. Mint is a new product called the American Buffalo 2008 Celebration Coin.
It consists of a 2008 American Buffalo one-ounce bullion coin in special packaging.
The numeral ?8? has positive associations of wealth and prosperity in some Asian cultures, and the red coloring of the case and plush packaging is also associated with good fortune.
A custom-designed certificate of authenticity is enclosed, featuring the signature and chop mark (stamp in Chinese characters) of the Mint Director Ed Moy.
Timing of the on-sale date is set to precede the Lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 7.
Purchase price of the American Buffalo 2008 Celebration Coin is $1,018.88. It will be available directly from the Mint via its usual sales methods, including its Web site at www.usmint.gov. To order, call (800) 872-6468.
This is the first in a U.S. Mint Celebration Series, Mint information states. The series is intended to reach out to Americans who don?t ordinarily collect coins, to provide products for gift giving and to celebrate special occasions.
The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing has had several similar products for years, including a Prosperity Note series and a Lucky Money series that features lunar calendar animals on the packaging.