Searching for the perfect gift for the coin collector who is near and dear to your heart?
You may strike gold (or nickel, or copper) in the Rayburn House Office Building foyer on Thursday, during a holiday sale hosted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the United States Mint.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the people of Capitol Hill will have the opportunity to shop for rare currency, un-circulated coins, medals and limited-edition 2013 collector sets.
As an added bonus sure to thrill any currency enthusiast, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios will be on site to autograph the products for four hours. Rios — whose signature appears on U.S. currency — will have her pen ready from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Among the gifts offered by the bureau this holiday season is a $10 Generations Set, featuring three $10 notes from series 1995, 2001 and 2009 with matching low serial numbers. The agency also sells a limited edition two-note currency set printed in 2012 to commemorate its 150th anniversary. High-rollers can spring for uncut sheets of $10, $20 and $50 notes.
The Mint’s array of goodies includes the 2013 edition of America the Beautiful Quarters, featuring New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Maryland and South Dakota. Presidential history buffs might appreciate the annual $1 coin set, which this year honors William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson — or the First Spouse $1 coin collection showcasing Ida McKinley, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson.
Your favorite little numismatist might be excited to unwrap the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Young Collectors Set, which traces the history of the scouting organization back to its 1912 founding. Another limited-time offering is the 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program, including a bronze replica of the 1962 General Douglas MacArthur Congressional Gold Medal.
Both programs end Dec. 31, so Thursday might be the best time to act if you want to stuff stockings with special edition sets.