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Interesting facts about the two dollar bill.

As a Boy Scout, Greg learned the value of collecting rare items. Coins are his favorite. Greg writes about coins and other collectibles...

It's Still Here

Some think that the two-dollar bill is out of circulation; that is not true. Fact is:our mint would probably print more of them,if we would use them.

For the collector, they can be the ultimate. I would probably give my wife for one of the early ones; "just joking honey."

Here is a list of some of our two dollar bills, who was on them, and other interesting info on them.


The First $2 bill

In 1862 the first two dollar bill was printed. It had a portrait of Alexander Hamilton on it. In 1869 it was redesigned with Thomas Jefferson on it. It also said Treasury note on it instead of United States note. In 1874 that was changed and some other minor changes.{removed some of the green tint}.

In 1886 they were issued with a portrait of civil war general Winfield Scott Hancock. These were also silver certificates and could be redeemed for silver worth two dollars.

In 1891 a new silver certificate came to be with treasury secretary William Windom on it.


Educational Series

1896 ushered in the "educational series" two dollar bills.

The front depicts science offering steam to manufacturing and commerce. The backs had portraits of Robert Fulton and Samuel Morse.

In 1899 the silver certificate had a portrait of George Washington in the midst of agriculture and mechanics.

Every note up until this point was a somewhat large note.You would have had to fold it to put it in todays wallets.


Small Notes

In 1929 the design was changed much like the one we have today. It could now fit in our billfolds.

In 1963 In God We Trust was added and they could no longer pay out in silver.In 1966 two dollar bills were discontinued.



In 1976,our bicentennial year,they were reintroduced. The one pictured was a first day issue; if you had one you could go to the post office and get it stamped. Quite the collectable!!!

Will They Stay

The last printing of two-dollar bills was in 2003. As I said before, the treasury says there are many out there in circulation. How many are really in people's collections? Will we print more??

I guess we wait and see.

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David ortiz on February 26, 2020:

Found a rare bill extra man in group bottm left

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on December 05, 2013:

Ree ree, if it is in very nice condition, I would take a stab at about 8-10$

ree ree on November 30, 2013:

Hi froggy I have a 2 dollar 1976 bill A 08367395 with a boston apr 13th 1976 and arkansas red white and blue stamp bicentennial era 1776-1976 is it worth anything..

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on April 25, 2013:

At one time, you could turn those in to the government and get paid in silver. Not anymore. If your bill is in good shape it is worth more than $2

Bg on April 25, 2013:

I have a 2 dollar bill that has a red seal that also says silver certificate on the front midle on top what is this

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on March 19, 2013:

These were 1st issue bills and you can probably get anywhere from $8 to $15 on e bay for one.

InfamousProGuy on March 19, 2013:

I have a 2$ Bill that has "Arizona" stamped just above the upper-right Serial Number. Im unsure about this being rare, valuable beyond face value, or what. Any info would be much appreciated.

Bill Info:

2003 A series

K Federal Bank (Dallas, Texas)

Susan on April 19, 2012:

Thank you!

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on April 18, 2012:

I have always found ebay or craigs list the wa to sell

Susan on April 17, 2012:

Thank you very much! I appreciate you answering my questions. I also have a one dollar silver certificate . If I wanted to sell these bills, where would I go? Or how do I go about it? Thank you

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on April 13, 2012:

That is a very good question Susan!

First, yes the bill you have is worth more than $2 if in mint condition. I would probably give 5-7$ for it.

Second; the star means that the original bill with that serial numbered was damaged and destroyed by the mint. They then printed another using the star to signify that.

Susan on April 10, 2012:

I have a two dollar bill with a green serial number, seal, and a green star. It is in mint condition series 1976 with a B (New York ) seal I have two others, with A seals ( Boston) but no star. Are these worth anything? What does the star mean? Thank you

david brown on February 12, 2012:

i have 5 1976 two dollar bills, they all have sequential numbers. i was wondering how much they are worth, if anything more than face value?

kelly on February 10, 2012:

i hear there worth a fortune

steven on February 10, 2012:

my dear friends this is to inform you that if you come across or have 2 dollar bill not pleas retain it the government is in need

jt on January 05, 2012:

declaration of independence is on the back. He is a representitive

Freddy Fixit Guy on January 05, 2012:

On the back of a two dollar bill is a picture of many people. What does this meeting represent? Also, it is the only U.S. bill depicting a black man sitting in the middle of this congregation. Who is he? What is his position?

jt on January 02, 2012:

I have a 2003A series 2 dollar bill with 11s in each corner and the serial number is K 06168871A in almost perfect condition how much is that worth

Bill on November 19, 2011:

The only reason the 2 Dollar bill is rare, is because of what is in its back.

kay on November 16, 2011:


I am zambian living in southern africa

. There are a lot of 2 dollar bills currently

Being used in Zimbabwe. Every time I visit

Zimbabwe I get not less than 10 dollars

In change( five 2 dollar bills)

They are not accepted in the banks in

My country. But thanks atleast I know

They gat some value

Greg Boudonck (author) from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on November 02, 2011:

Sorry to hear that sucker. You could always try to resell, but more than likely, you are stuck with them.

sucker on November 01, 2011:

I believe I was scammed by the Federal Monetary Reserve or something similar that sounds official didn't -realize it until it was too late and I have an entire 50 state collection that I paid too much for (my fault for forgetting about automatic payments). Any suggestions? Other than keeping them because they look cool-haha.

jessica on October 31, 2011:

Yes. I have a 2 dollar bill that was made in 1953

maine on October 29, 2011:

402 5910278

Package, 1928 red stamped two dollar, 1922 silver dollar, and 8 others. 400.00

maine on October 29, 2011:

I have a red stamped two dollar bill from 1928,and a 1922 silver dollar.would like to sell for 400.00. 8 other coins as a package