Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C.

We didn’t think we would be able to go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) since we’ve read online that to get tickets, one must be in line by 6:30-7:00 am the day of your desired tour. Well, that wasn’t going to happen! But we walked by anyway after lunch and they were handing out tickets for that afternoon, so there ya go! 

We first watched a movie about the BEP, and then took a tour and were able to see money bring printed. Of course we were not able to take photos, but basically people were tossing around large piles of printed money like they were tossing around reams of blank paper or cans of macadamia nuts – it was nothing that they were holding hundreds of thousands of dollars in their hands – it was a factory job and no different than any other factory job. 

We went to the Denver mint last year and saw coins being made. In all honesty, although we are thrilled we got to go to the BEP, the Denver Mint tour was much more informative and intimate. 

 Oh, the photo above is $1,000,000 in $10 bills! Yummy!! :-)
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