NT dollar bills with ‘lucky’ numbers have generated big profits over the past decade

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Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan dollar banknotes with special serial numbers have fetched NT$66 million ($2.23 million) from domestic coffers through auctions over the past decade, according to the bank central.

In biannual auctions that started in 2012, the one-dollar bills generated total sales of NT$89.88 million, the central bank said on Thursday.

The net profit from these auctions, which amounted to NT$66 million over the past 10 years, went to the treasury, the central bank said.

The next auction, scheduled for May 19-24, will offer 4,592 “lucky” notes in denominations of NT$100, 500 and 1,000, the bank said.

In Taiwan, bills bearing serial numbers that resemble auspicious Mandarin phrases are generally in high demand, the central bank said, citing examples such as 666666, 888888, 168168 and 168888.

In 2013, an NT$100 (US$3.37) note with serial number 888888 was auctioned for NT$15,360, the central bank said, noting that the Mandarin word for “eight” sounds like for “prosperous”.

The auction later this month will be held online by Taiwan’s state-owned bank, which will advertise the sales on its website and in newspapers, the central bank said.

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