Washington DC (CNS) -- A limited edition of 108,888 uncirculated notes, or "lucky money", celebrating the Chinese year of dragon, was put on sale on the official website of the U.S. Treasury at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on November 16. The Lucky Money Collection is the only money product issued by the U.S. administration since 2000, and is proving hugely popular among global Chinese.
"The Dragon is considered the most desirable of zodiac symbols, and these 108,888 Year of Dragon products comprise the largest edition ever offered in our Lucky Money Collection," said Treasurer Rosie Rios.
With a daughter born in the year of dragon and born in the year of snake herself, Rios called herself a little snake, and wished everyone a year of good fortune and prosperity.
Exquisitely designed with decorative Chinese symbolism and packaged in a red folder with gold foil, the product features an uncirculated $1 note with a serial number beginning with "8888," and an English introduction to the Chinese zodiac animals, the dragon, and the implication of the number "8" in Chinese traditions.
The notes are available on www.moneyfactorystore.gov, at a unit price of 5.95 USD. Quantity discounts are offered at 4.50 USD for 50 to 999 notes and 3.95 USD for 1000 or more.