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$2 dollar bills and other U.S. Dollar Bills

Our selection includes rare $1, $2, and $3 dollar bills, each telling its own story of America's economic and historical landscape. From the iconic $2 bill, often saved for its rarity and charm, to the less commonly seen $3 bills from the early banking days, each note offers a glimpse into the past and is a testament to the evolving designs and security features of U.S. currency.

Dollar Bill Sets

For collectors looking to acquire a themed or sequential series, our dollar bill sets offer beautifully arranged collections that represent significant periods in currency history. These sets make for impressive displays and are perfect for gifting to enthusiasts.

Old Banknotes from Around the World

Step into the world market with our selection of old banknotes from various countries. These pieces range from beautifully intricate designs of the Victorian era to modernist mid-century styles, each reflecting the cultural and political zeitgeist of its time and place. From Europe to Asia, Africa to the Americas, these banknotes are cherished not only for their aesthetic value but also for their historical significance.

The $2 bill is less common than other U.S. bills, but it holds a special place in American history. From its unique design to the mystery surrounding it, there's much to learn and appreciate about this unusual denomination. Let's dive into some fascinating facts about the $2 bill that will make you see it in a whole new light.

When did U.S. start printing 2 dollar bills?

The United States began printing $2 bills as part of its first issuance of paper money in 1862. These early $2 bills were known as Legal Tender Notes, or "United States Notes." The design and form of the $2 bill have undergone several changes since its initial introduction, with modifications in its design, security features, and the type of paper used. The $2 bill has been issued in different series over the years and continues to be a part of U.S. currency, albeit not commonly used in daily transactions.

Who is on the 2 dollar bill?

The $2 bill features Thomas Jefferson on the obverse, or front side, of the bill. Jefferson, the third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, has been featured on the $2 bill since 1869. The reverse, or back side, of the current $2 bill, which was last redesigned in 1976, features a depiction of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, based on a painting by John Trumbull.

What popular myths surround $2 dollar bill disappearance?

One popular myth surrounding the $2 bill is that it is bad luck or brings misfortune, which has contributed to its relative scarcity in everyday circulation. This superstition, along with others, has led some people to avoid using or carrying $2 bills. Additionally, there's a common misconception that $2 bills are no longer being printed or that they are rare, leading people to hoard them rather than spend them, which further reduces their presence in daily cash transactions.

Another myth is that the $2 bill is no longer legal tender, which is entirely false. The $2 bill remains legal tender and is still being printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, albeit in smaller quantities compared to other denominations, mainly because it is less frequently used.

These myths, combined with the fact that people often keep $2 bills as souvenirs or collectibles due to their perceived rarity and unique value, contribute to their infrequent usage and the mystery surrounding their disappearance from regular currency flow.

How much are 2 dollar bills worth?

In 2017, one $2 bill sold for $1.2 million at auction. 

Most $2 bills are still worth their face value of two dollars in everyday transactions. Certain $2 bills can be worth more than face value to collectors, depending on several factors:

  1. Age and Series: Older $2 bills, especially those printed before the current design series which started in 1976, can be more valuable. Bills from the early 20th century or the late 19th century can fetch higher prices.

  2. Condition: Like all collectibles, condition matters significantly. Crisp, uncirculated $2 bills without any folds, creases, or blemishes are more valuable than those that have been worn from use.

  3. Rarity and Printing Errors: Certain $2 bills have printing errors or are from print runs with known peculiarities—these can be particularly valuable. Additionally, bills with low serial numbers, or those that feature a star symbol in the serial number indicating a replacement note, can also be more collectible.

  4. Special Series or Commemorative Issues: The $2 bill has been used occasionally for commemorative editions, such as the 1976 printing that celebrated the U.S. bicentennial. These can be more valuable, especially if they are kept in pristine condition.

Does $2 dollar bill have a serial number?

Yes, like other U.S. currency, the $2 bill has a serial number. The serial number is a unique identifier printed on each bill, which helps the U.S. Treasury track the bill's production and maintain control over the paper currency system. Serial numbers on $2 bills, as on other denominations, are located in two places: one set is printed in the upper right-hand corner of the bill's face, and the other is printed in the lower left-hand corner.

The serial number consists of a combination of letters and numbers. The first letter represents the series of the bill, which changes with each new Treasury Secretary or with significant design changes to the currency. The last letter advances each time the Bureau of Engraving and Printing goes through the alphabet during the printing of the bills. The numbers in between are unique to each bill.

What is the mystery of the red seal?

Some older $2 bills have a red treasury seal instead of the standard blue seal. These bills are often mistakenly thought to be rare or valuable, but their color is simply a printing error. The red seal on the $2 bill was likely caused by an excess of ink during the printing process. Since the bills were still legal tender, they were distributed anyway and are now part of American currency history. 

The $2 bill is a fascinating piece of U.S. currency. Its rich history, unique design, and intriguing mysteries make it a fun gem in the world of money.