Lydia Washington (202) 874-3487
Michael White (202) 354-7222
WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the United States Mint (Mint) will share booth #218 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 14–18, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
BEP Director Len Olijar and Mint Director David Ryder will participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 14 at 12:30 p.m. (EDT). Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Director Ryder and Director Olijar will host a meet-and-greet and signing event at the joint Mint/BEP booth from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a meeting with members of the media from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
BEP is showcasing its Billion Dollar Exhibit featuring more than $1 billion worth of rare antique currency, including sheets of $100,000 currency notes, Treasury Bonds, and Gold and Silver Certificates. A technical expert will also demonstrate currency production on a 19th century Spider Press.
In keeping with BEP’s tradition of creating distinct currency, BEP is especially excited to offer the following new products for sale:
World War I Commemorative $2 Collection – This WWI set features Series 2013 $2 notes from the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Atlanta with matching serial numbers beginning with 2018 and a commemorative intaglio print of the back of the Series 1918 $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note which features the central vignette of the “Battleship – New York.”
$2 Lucky Panda – Symbolizing peace, harmony, and friendship, this newest addition to the Lucky Money Collection features an uncirculated $2 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with “888.” It is exquisitely designed with decorative Chinese symbolism and packaged in a symbolic, red folder with embossed, gold foil.
World War I 100th Anniversary commemorative collection – “Victory” – This card is the third and final print in the 2018 Intaglio Print Subscription Program which features three cards: Entry, Homefront, and Victory. This collection highlights inspiring allegorical and historical figures featured on Liberty Loans and Victory bonds, engraved American iconography, and currency issued during the War.
BEP will also offer other unique currency-related products, including uncut currency sheets in various subject sizes and denominations. For additional information about BEP or to purchase products, please visit bep.gov and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You may also order BEP products by telephone (1-800-456-3408), fax (1-888-891-7585), or mail (Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Mail Order Sales, Room 515M, 14th and C Streets SW, Washington, DC, 20228).
The Mint has planned several outreach activities for the Fair, including currency signing sessions with Director Ryder and Director Olijar on Wednesday, August 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other activities include:
- Unveiling designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program;
- Hosting a Collector’s Forum, where the public can share their ideas about the nation’s coinage and learn about upcoming Mint initiatives;
- Providing an assortment of educational resources for educators;
- Providing children the opportunity to gather information on the Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change website to engage in educational activities, learn about Mint programs and operations, and gain an understanding of the link between coins and American history and culture;
- Providing attendees access to opt-in as a Mint customer to receive product updates and alerts;
- Conducting a “Treasure Trivia” game in which children visit specific locations on the bourse floor to answer trivia questions designed to instill an appreciation for numismatics;
- Participating in the World Mints Passport Program, an exciting program in which visitors collect coins from participating mints;
- Providing the most recently released America the Beautiful Quarters coin for even exchange;
- Conducting live tweets on the daily activities; and
- Assisting visitors with downloading its mobile application, MyUSMint.
Additionally, the Mint will display three of the nation’s 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins. The display will feature two of the ten pieces recovered by the government in 2004, as well as the previously undisclosed specimen that was voluntarily and unconditionally given over to the government by a private citizen who requested to remain anonymous.
An assortment of Mint products will be available for purchase over the counter including the 2018 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin–S mint mark (beginning August 14 at 1:00 p.m.); the new George Washington and John Adams Presidential Silver Medals (beginning August 16 at noon); product options in the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program and the 2018 World War I Commemorative Coin Program. All products are available for purchase via the Mint’s online catalog at catalog.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Additional information is available at catalog.usmint.gov.