Year of Dog gets its Lucky Money

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By CHEN WEIHUA in Washington chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Leonard Oli­jar, di­rec­tor of the US Bureau of En­grav­ing and Print­ing, seemed happy on Tues­day morn­ing as he an­nounced the re­lease of the bureau’s Year of the Dog 2018 prod­uct to cel­e­brate the up­com­ing Chi­nese Lu­nar Year of the Dog.

It is the lat­est ad­di­tion of the bureau’s Lucky Money Col­lec­tion prod­ucts.

“I am es­pe­cially ex­cited to in­tro­duce this prod­uct, be­cause I was born in the year of the dog, which tells you a lit­tle bit about how old I am,” Oli­jar said, adding that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was also born in the Year of the Dog.

“Dog car­ries traits of loy­alty and hon­esty. Those born with the dog sign are ex­tremely friendly, faith­ful, smart, in­dus­tri­ous, and have a strong sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

The “Dog” is one of 12 zo­diac signs associated with the Chi­nese Lu­nar Cal­en­dar. The Chi­nese Lu­nar Year of the Dog in 2018 falls on Feb 16 of the Western cal­en­dar.

In the last cen­tury, those born in the Chi­nese Lu­nar Cal­en­dar of 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934 and 1922 and 1910 carry a “Dog” sign.

The Year of the Dog 2018 prod­uct is de­signed with dec­o­ra­tive Chi­nese sym­bol­ism and is pack­aged in a sym­bolic, red folder with em­bossed, gold foil.

This prod­uct fea­tures an un­cir­cu­lated, $1 Fed­eral Re­serve note with a se­rial num­ber be­gin­ning with “8888,” the num­ber Chi­nese as­so­ciate with luck.

Sale of the prod­uct will be­gin on Wed­nes­day, at $5.95 each. A to­tal of 108,888 units will be avail­able for sale, reg­is­ter­ing an in­crease from the pre­vi­ous years in or­der to sat­isfy de­mand, ac­cord­ing to Oli­jar.

There will be a dis­count for bulk sale but a lim­i­ta­tion of 250 units for the first week of re­lease.

Since 2000, the bureau has has 29 Lucky Money prod­ucts and sold 2 mil­lion units. The last 25 prod­ucts all sold out.

“I ex­pect this one to be sold out as well,” Oli­jar said.

He said the bureau will launch a prod­uct fea­tur­ing a gi­ant panda and $2 note, some­time in early 2018.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Leonard Oli­jar, di­rec­tor of the US Bureau of En­grav­ing and Print­ing, holds a Year of the Dog 2018 prod­uct, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the bureau’s Lucky Money Col­lec­tion, in a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day morn­ing.

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