April 7th, 2012, 06:11 PM
BEP reports for September 2011 through March 2012
Don't look now, but we've got data!
No, the BEP website still hasn't been updated. But thanks to FOIA, Ed Zegers was able to obtain the past several months' monthly production reports, and so I've got my website updated through the March production. Let me try to give a brief summary of the past seven months....
The 2009 $1's are still plugging along through the block alphabet; so far they're up to the L..N block, which is one letter higher than anyone here had reported finding so far. There's only been one run of $1 stars printed in the past few months, and that was the L..* run of 640,000 notes that we'd already spotted. However, the extended I..A printing that we thought we'd found a while back apparently doesn't exist...I'm guessing somebody had a 2006 note and misreported it as 2009, or something.
In the $2's...there are $2's! So far, though, all that's been printed are a couple of runs of star notes, getting ready for the main printing which will apparently happen later this year. Oddly, one of the star runs was actually Series 2003A: 384,000 notes in the L..* block, printed in January. I'm surprised that the BEP had any 2003A sheets left to turn into stars; the $2 uncut sheets have been out of stock for so long that I'd've expected these sheets to have been used for that purpose instead. But anyway, the second star run, in February, was the long-anticipated Series 2009: 512,000 notes in the K..* block. So we'll have (at least) two new $2 stars to watch for, once the 2009 $2's start to appear in a few months. Oh, and Series 2009 now includes all seven denominations; that's the first time that's happened in all the thirty-odd years that $2 FRNs have existed.
Moving along, the 2009 $5 has now been printed for every district except D, and in fact the Cleveland $5 is now the only district/denomination combination still not represented in Series 2009, outside of the $2's. Somewhat surprisingly, there's a JL..D block already; nobody on the forum had even reported a JL..C yet. Also, there was a run of older-series $5 stars printed in September: 640,000 notes in the IE..* block, which is a new one--and which hasn't been reported in circulation yet to my knowledge. So we've got several things to look out for here.
In the $10's, the JF..* is new; it's another run of 640,000. Those were just printed in March, though, so it's not surprising that we hadn't seen them yet. Districts A through H have all had $10's printed since the last BEP report was issued last summer; districts IJKL haven't, but they'll probably get theirs later this year.
Fort Worth resumed printing of $20's in November, so that denomination is now coming from both BEP facilities again (for about a year they'd been Washington-only). The JK..* block is new (run of 640,000), and we also got a third run of JE..*. Oddly enough, all three JE..* runs have been short; even added together they make less than half of a full run. A bit strange, that.... Suffix letters are up to JB..F (which we knew about) and JL..F (which we didn't).
My monthly production table for 2009 $50's now looks rather bizarre: In the month of October, the BEP printed $50's for all twelve districts. That looks to be the entire production of the denomination for the fiscal year, all in one month. Wow. And interestingly enough, there seem to have been enough star notes left over from last year than no additional ones were needed this time around.
Then come the $100's, where everything is confusing. First, in Series 2006A (the non-Kodachrome design that's currently being issued), the printings are up to the KB..H block, one letter beyond what we knew about. There've been three runs of stars printed since the previous BEP report, all of which we'd spotted, though we hadn't worked out all the run lengths yet (for what it's worth, the KK..* is a full run, and so is the second KB..*, but the first KB..* is only 320,000 notes). This design is being printed at Washington only. Next, in Series 2009, the Kodachrome design that was having tremendous production difficulties, printings appear to have ended in September without ever getting much beyond what had already been reported. But finally, in Series 2009A (which exists!), production of Kodachrome $100's has resumed and looks to be going reasonably smoothly, with a few hundred million notes being printed since November, at a gradually increasing pace. These notes do have the L-prefix serials that some here had mentioned seeing while touring the Fort Worth BEP (which is the only facility printing them for the moment). There've already been four mostly-biggish runs of 2009A $100 stars printed, so the error rate for this series does seem to still be elevated, but at least it's no longer completely absurd like it was on the last go-round. Still no word on when the Kodachrome $100 will be hitting circulation, but based on the rates of production, I'm still thinking mid-2013 is a good bet....
So that's the summary of seven months' BEP production. For the details, here's the usual link.... There's no telling how forthcoming the BEP will be with future months' production reports, but at least for the moment we're not half a year behind any more.
Hank: I should be able to work all of this into an updated version of the WG serial data file in a day or two. Apologies for the delay, but right now I've just spent several hours typing all of this data into my website, and I've given myself a large enough headache that I don't really want to type it all up again immediately afterwards....
Please help me look for bills from these serial ranges...
2006 $1 B06400001* to B09600000*
1969B $1 B37760001B to B42880000B
2006 $100 HK00000001A to HK92800000A
2006 $100 blocks HL..A, HL..B, HL..C
...if you find one, anon-email me and I'll explain more. Thanks!
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