Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are in operation 24 hours a day in order to keep up with the Federal Reserve’s orders for new paper currency. The Bureau also prints postage stamps, military certificates, Treasury notes, and even invitations to the White House. See the presses in action and learn about how our money is made.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Bureau uses 4.8 million pounds of paper each year.
  • The life expectancy of a $1 bill is 18 months.
  • $22.5 million in paper currency is printed each day, six days a week, all year long.
  • Our paper money is really made of 75% cotton and 25% linen.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.