US issues Goat-year lucky money
Added On December 4, 2014
The U.S. Treasury Department unveils its two latest Lucky Money notes --"$1 Year of Goat 2015 and $100 Dragon-Phoenix Circle of Fortune" to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Goat in 2015.
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The U.S. Treasury unveiled this year's one-dollar-note "Lucky Money" on Tuesday to welcome the upcoming Chinese Lunar New year.
The latest edition of 12 Chinese zodiac serials lucky money, "Year of Goat", is due to put into market Wednesday with a limited available amount of 88,888, said U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios on Tuesday's press conference.
With a serial number starting of "8888", the uncirculated one dollar note represents good fortune and prosperity, signifying success in the New Year, she added.
Chinese zodia signs are formed by 12 animals representing a rotating 12-year cycle.
And the number 8 is always seen as symbol of wealth and fortune in traditional Chinese community.
SOUNDBITE: ROSIE RIOS, U.S. Treasurer
"We value very much the celebration of Chinese New Year. We believe that the Chinese community has requested every year for us to release these products. 8 being a very lucky number. And we know for many people this is a holiday tradition."
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing(BEP) of U.S. Treasury has been making Lucky Money since 2000.
Twenty-five different types of products have attracted both domestically and internationally comsumers with their delicate design using Chinese elements.
Along with the "Year of Goat" lucky money, another product from the collection was also released at the press conference, "The Dragon Phoenix Circle of Fortune".
Rios said that the uncirculated 100 dollar note inside a decorative Dragon and Phoenix folder represents unity and harmony.
It is also the symbolic for the bureau because it's using one of the most advance technology in the history of money.
"We are veyr proud of this note," said Rios,"It symbolizes the great sophistication technology the BEP has continued to develop over the years".