David interviewed Bob Leuver at the museum of the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs. He noted that the mission of the BEP is to print U.S. government security documents. They are not an appropriated entity - the BEP charges government customers for its products, which must be priced competitively with private industry. Their recent year's sales totalled $256 million.
One of Bob's accomplishments was improving outreach to collectors, attending shows, boosting souvenir card products and sales to numismatists, syngraphists, and philatelists alike.
David asked about talk of discontinuing the dollar bill, but Bob didn't think it likely given the poor reception of the Susan B. Anthony coin. He acknowledged problems with the popularity of the
$2 bill and the issue merchants have with handling them, given that cash registers only have six compartments.
Bob dispelled rumors of a new "rainbow" currency but discussed other potential changes to counterfeit-proof paper money. Large increases were seen in counterfeiting in 1985 as printing technology got better and cheaper (including new digital scanners).
The BEP had recently donated an antique spider press to the ANA museum; Bob discussed plans for new web presses which would print even faster than the modern equipment currently in use.
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