Field Trip to the Money Factory


Narrator: It takes one person to spend money,
but many people to create money. These are the people from the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, also known as the Money Factory. Meet Brian. He’s one of the Banknote Designers
at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Brian: My job is to design United States currency. One thing about being a bank note designer
is it’s 98% thinking. You have to think about what you’re going to do and think about what’s
going to work when it gets on the press. The easiest approach when designing, it’s a big
puzzle. You take different pieces and aspects of America or different things and piece it
together almost like one united, almost like a story. Different icons, such as the eagle, because
I know we hand draw those and to end up seeing those on a note is pretty awesome, because
you know, it’s like your artwork is all over the world. Narrator: Once the design team has finalized
the design, steel plates need to be created for the printing press. This is Dixie. She’s a script engraver and
puts the finalized design into steel. Dixie: If you notice your money it has lettering
on it and it also has numerals on it to denote the denomination. While we have designers
that pick up and make designs, my job is to interpret their designs in steel. Sitting and cutting script, because it’s very
rhythmical. You’re just looking in your die through your glass and twirling the die around
and cutting it. There’s not too many artists that could say
that they’ve had their work replicated billions of times. Narrator: Once the plates are created, the
money starts being printed. Blank currency sheets are brought in. First, the background
images are printed. Then presses print the backs of the notes and then the faces of the
notes. The final step is the printing of the serial number and Treasury and Federal Reserve
seals. Once the bills are printed, they’re cut and
packaged into “bricks.” The completed loads are transferred and securely stored in the
Federal Reserve Vault. For more information on the latest bill design,
visit NewMoney.gov. For more about the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, including taking a tour, visit MoneyFactory.gov. For more information on money and more, visit
Kids.gov.

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