A focus at any convention where it appears is the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing’s Billion Dollar Exhibit, with more than a billion
dollars worth of rare and old paper currency. The BEP is now accepting
invitations to participate at numismatic events for the period of
October 2016 through September 2017.
Included in the BEP exhibit are sheets of $100,000 notes, Treasury
bonds, and gold and silver certificates. At some venues,
demonstrations are conducted of a 19th century spider currency press
and the mutilated currency examination process. Information about the
government’s redesigned currency program, technological advancements,
and historical data is shared during open discussion forums. The BEP
also sells to the public currency related products including uncut
sheets, professionally packaged premium products, special intaglio
print cards, and shredded currency.
Organizations interested in the BEP’s participation must submit a
written request by the close of business on Sept. 15, 2016, with
essential information to: Karen Smith, Exhibition Program Coordinator,
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 14th & C Streets, S.W., Suite
530-M, Washington, DC 20228. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 202-874-2108.
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Organizers are required to sign a security agreement prior to
participation (sample provided upon request). The sponsoring
organization must provide, at no cost to the federal government, booth
space (40 feet by 50 feet minimum); transportation costs for exhibits,
for the spider press (if applicable), and for products (via secure
transport); and material and services needed for the display and sales activities.
What is the BEP?
The Bureau of Engraving
and Printing, created during the Civil War, is the federal
agency responsible for print U.S. paper money.
It operates two printing plants — one in Washington, D.C., where its top officers and
engraving department also work, and a newer facility in Fort
Worth, Texas. Both plants offer public tours where families can
observe paper money being printed.
Both facilities print Federal Reserve notes for circulation, with
the Washington plant generally supplying banks in the Eastern half of
the nation and the Fort Worth plant generally supplying those banks
located west of the Mississippi River.
The BEP also produces collector products like sheets of notes,
intaglio prints, and more.
The BEP, like the United States Mint, is an agency within the