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Encyclopedia > U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is an agency in the United States Department of the Treasury that primarily prints Federal Reserve notes for the Federal Reserve, but also produces a variety of other government security documents.


The Federal Reserve notes are printed at the bureau's facilities in Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas. The BEP produces other government products such as postage stamps for the United States Postal Service, hand engraved invitations on behalf of the White House, Treasury securities, identification cards, and naturalization certificates. The BEP does not produce any U.S. coins; that is the responsibility of the United States Mint.


The BEP had its foundations in 1861 with workers signing, separating, and trimming sheets of Demand Notes in the Treasury building. In 1877, the Bureau became the sole producer of all United States currency.

Annual Production Figures
Denomination FY 1980 FY 1985 FY 1990 FY 1995 FY 2000
$ 1 1,939,840,000 2,851,200,000 3,148,800,000 4,428,800,000 5,190,400,000
$ 5 427,520,000 777,600,000 912,000,000 992,000,000 640,000,000
$ 10 495,360,000 784,000,000 771,200,000 672,000,000 492,800,000
$ 20 634,880,000 1,449,600,000 1,801,600,000 2,476,800,000 2,707,200,000
$ 50 56,960,000 137,600,000 128,000,000 147,200,000 N/A
$ 100 100,480,000 160,000,000 240,000,000 595,200,000 N/A

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