The $2 Lucky Panda product, the newest addition to the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing Lucky Money Collection, will go on sale at 8 AM
on July 10.
The $2 Lucky Panda comprises a red folder, with embossed gold foil
and decorative Chinese symbols, holding within it a $2 Federal Reserve
note that has a serial number beginning with “888.” Eight (“Ba” in
Chinese) is pronounced similarly to “Fa,” the word for wealth or
fortune, thus endowing it with popular symbolism among Chinese people.
The BEP says the $2 Lucky Panda “symbolizes peace, harmony, and friendship.”
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Other than the special serial number, the note itself is of normal
design, identical in appearance to all other $2 Federal Reserve notes
that have been issued since the Series 1976 issues were released in
celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial.
The panda design, Chinese symbols, and 888 serial number are
features chosen to appeal to customers from certain Asian nations. The
numeral 8 is considered “lucky” in some Asian cultures, hence the
references to “Lucky Panda” and “Lucky Money Collection.” The BEP has
issued a number of Federal Reserve note products with similar features
aimed at the same audiences.
Several earlier Lucky Money issues are still available from the BEP:
a “168” Prosperity Forever $1 Note in special packaging with each note
bearing a serial number starting with 168, a $1 Fortune Note in
special packaging with a note bearing a serial number starting with
8888, and a $1 Lucky 777 Note, also in distinctive packaging, though
it contains a note with a serial number starting with 777.
Household limits on purchases
For the $2 Lucky Panda offering, the BEP is imposing a limit of 500
sets per household until July 16, after which quantity restrictions
will cease. The issue limit is a maximum of 106,888 units.
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The product costs $12.88 through the online store, phone and mail,
or $11.88 at the BEP’s Washington, D.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, gift
shops. After July 16, bulk pricing is $11.88 each for quantities of 25
to 999, and $10.88 each for more than 1,000 units.
To purchase products from the BEP, visit here. Products may
also be ordered by telephone (800-456-3408), by fax (888-891-7585), or
mail (Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Mail Order Sales, 515M, 14th
and C Streets, SW, Washington, DC 20228).