US aims lucky 'Year of the Horse' greenbacks at Chinese
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) Treasury is selling red "hong bao" envelopes with "lucky" dollars bearing auspicious serial numbers to mark the Chinese Year of the Horse next year.
Exactly 88,888 of the dollar notes go on sale on Wednesday, each stuck in a red envelope blazoned with New Year's greetings and horse pictures.
The serial number on each note begins with 8888, which pronounced in Chinese sounds like the word for "prosper" and is considered by many to be especially lucky.
Chinese often give and receive gifts of money in red envelopes - hong bao - to mark the new year, which falls on January 31 in 2014.