The Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced on Dec. 18 that the
first of three issues in its 2016 Intaglio Print Subscription Program,
dubbed the Independence Collection, will go on sale Jan. 7. This is in
conjunction with BEP’s participation at the Florida United
Numismatists convention in Tampa.
This year’s program focuses on the Declaration of Independence and
its famous phrase with the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness.” Each of these “rights” is personified on its own 8.5-inch
by 11-inch souvenir card featuring what the BEP refers to as “unique,
engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing”
superimposed over a replica of the Declaration.
“Life” is represented by Thomas Crawford’s statue of Freedom on top
of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. — a vignette that is
familiar to paper money collectors from its appearance on the first
issues of federal currency, the $5 demand notes of 1861, as well as
the $5 legal tender notes of 1862 to 1863.
“Liberty” is personified by the Statue of Liberty as it appears on
the $50 Liberty Loan War Bond of 1917. It will go on sale March 3, at
the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Dallas.
The final card, “Pursuit of Happiness,” will go on sale Aug. 9, the
first day of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
To participate in BEP’s 2016 Intaglio Print Subscription Program and
to ensure receipt of all three prints, subscriptions must be made by
Jan. 31. Each intaglio print will ship after its first day of sale.
The subscription is $51. Individual cards are $22.50 each. To
purchase, visit the BEP website, moneyfactorystore.gov. Order may also
be placed by phone, at 800-456-3408, or by fax, at 888-891-7585.