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Shrouded with mystery and sometimes met with disbelief, the two-dollar bill is quite possibly the most unique paper note currently circulating in the United States. With a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse of the note and a depiction of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the reverse, two-dollar bills are very pleasing to the eye.
Unfortunately, its long-running unpopularity and discontinuation in 2003 have resulted in very little usage in circulation today. Its rarity has caused the misinformed belief that the bills are somehow very valuable. The truth is the two-dollar bill is worth a whopping two dollars.
Well, for the most part, that is. In this article, we will explore the history of this unique note and the methods by which we can determine its worth.
|Type of Two Dollar Bill||Value|
1976 to 2003
1963 Red Seal
$4 to $6
1953 Red Seal
$4 to $6
1928 Red Seal
$10 to $20
Determining the Value of Two Dollar Bills
Since two dollar bills are still legal circulation tender, they are worth exactly what they claim to be worth: two dollars. Although it may seem like you’ve stumbled on a national treasure, the truth of the matter is the bill is not valuable (at least, not yet) and should be spent like any other paper money. As long as they were produced between 1976 and 2003, there’s no need to hoard bunches of two-dollar bills.
If, on the other hand, you find yourself with a red seal two dollar bill, it might be worth tucking away. The red seal bill, issued from 1928 to 1966, won’t make you a millionaire by any means, but they are more valuable than their modern successor.
Below is a value breakdown for two-dollar bills in crisp, uncirculated condition.
History of the Two-Dollar Bill
- Before printed money was standardized and produced at a specific size, the two-dollar bill spent its early life in the form of many different large note designs. The oldest of these large note variations dates back to 1862.
- New legislation set forth in 1929 declared a standard printing size for paper money in the United States. At this time, the two-dollar bill was converted to a smaller size. The modified notes were printed with red seals, a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse side and a rendition of his home, Monticello, on the reverse of each bill. The red seals found on these two dollar bills indicated that they were United States Notes.
- As a United States Note, the two-dollar bill was printed in three different series, 1928, 1953, and 1963. The two-dollar bill was later discontinued in 1966 due to its unpopularity as an available circulation note.
- For ten years the two-dollar bill remained discontinued. It was reintroduced in 1976 as a Federal Reserve Note. As such, the seal was changed from red to green. This signified that the bill was no longer a United States Note. While the Thomas Jefferson portrait remained the same, the reverse of the bill was changed to an illustration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Fun Fact: Since two dollar bills are so lightly circulated, they have an average life span of six years. The one-dollar bill has an average lifespan of only ten months!
Overall, most two-dollar bills are regular cash and should be spent like it. Many people find them easier to use than the standard one-dollar bill. Perhaps if people start spending these artistically-crafted dollars, we will see them in circulation more frequently and they’ll gain the popularity they deserve.
Luke on August 16, 2020:
I have a 1700 what is it worth
Michael cross on July 24, 2020:
I have a 2013$2bill is it wroth its weaght and gold
B on July 16, 2020:
I have.a5 doller from 1821how.much.
jessica on July 15, 2020:
i have a 2 doiier bill witha star E00346326* year 1976. what is it worth.???
Jonas on June 23, 2020:
I have 1piece 2 dollar bill, i am keeping it in my collection.
katelyn on June 09, 2020:
i have a purple seal 2 doller bill
a questioned person on June 02, 2020:
hi, i have 5 two dollar-bills dated in 1776 and in a green stamp and number, if you were to find out what they are worth or atleast show a picture of what the used to look like that would be a huge help
Taylor on June 01, 2020:
WHAT IS WORTH 2 DOLLAR BILL
mula on May 31, 2020:
how much is my 2 dollor bill worth the year is 1776
Frank shumate on May 31, 2020:
I have a 2 dollar bill seal how much is it worth and how can I tell
Tim Ryan on May 29, 2020:
I have a 2 dollar bill Bill Clinton wiped Hillary's butt with is that worth anything or should I save it for any DNA test that might be useful in court.
Adopted on May 20, 2020:
i have 117 $2 bills and don't have time to check the dates but some are red does that mean anything?
Weirdboi5926 on May 13, 2020:
Kind of helpful actually but where is the blue seal value? There are $2 bills with blue seals so... Any information on that?
marty on May 05, 2020:
I have 2, 2003 bills
B on April 29, 2020:
I have a two dollar bill with the letter a under the year it was made which was 2003 is this worth anything?
Person on April 13, 2020:
I have a whole SHEET of 2009 $2 with a official certificate of ownership signed by the treasurer and chief vault officer. K99294197 B. Is it still worth anything?
money on April 13, 2020:
i have a 2 dallor bill date 1898
gabby on April 12, 2020:
my 2 dollar bill is from 1789 how much is it worth
Thomas on April 09, 2020:
I have several 1928 2dollar bills are they worth anything?
Bruh on April 06, 2020:
this doesn't help meh
Simone on April 02, 2020:
I have 2 dollar bill 1973
hey on April 02, 2020:
there is no such thing as a green seal
christian on March 31, 2020:
my 2 dollar bill is from the 2013 series Is it still just worth 2 dollars
Person on March 26, 2020:
I have a siri’s 1976 2 dollar bill can I sell it for a lot if so how much?
tiktok on March 24, 2020:
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somebody on March 18, 2020:
what if it is a green seal?
A person on March 16, 2020:
I have a 2 dollar bill but the series is 2009! Is it worth anything?
Steve on March 09, 2020:
I have 50 $2 bills
Jessy on March 02, 2020:
I have a 1942 s penny and a 1944 can you let me know how much is worth?
Gwen on March 02, 2020:
I have quite a few 2$ bills and my friends went crazy when they saw it and I let them touch it was so crazy.
cheri on March 01, 2020:
red 1959 2 dollars bill
kyle on February 22, 2020:
it,s not worth anything
Kathy on February 19, 2020:
Multiple 1976 $2. Bills with stamps and postmark in very good condition
What is value
Lency sasa on February 10, 2020:
I have a $2 bill from 2003
Daniel on February 07, 2020:
I have five $2 dollar bill 1976 and 1 1953 red seal wit star
avery on February 03, 2020:
i lost a tooth and i got 2 two dollar bills
linda on January 21, 2020:
i found a 2 dollar bill how much can it be worth?
Anonymous on January 20, 2020:
I have an 1895 bill, probably printed by banks and is unofficial, but how much is it worth?
Peggy on January 15, 2020:
What about cdn $2.00 bill 1986 siged by thiessen-crow but serial number starts with BUV358....
Christina on January 13, 2020:
This is outdated I have a $2 bill that's dated 2013!
David on January 11, 2020:
i have a 2 dollar bill from 1928 with the red seal
Sandra M on January 09, 2020:
I have 1928 two dollar bill red seal would like information on it
Rene on January 04, 2020:
I have a 2 dollar bill.. since they're not being printed anymore.. will this be worth a lot in the future?
Aiden on January 02, 2020:
I have a 2 dollar bill that has 007 at the end of the serial number. How much do you think it would be worth to a James Bond fan?
unknown on December 28, 2019:
i have a 2 bill H03201823
William on December 19, 2019:
I have a 2 dollar bill also. Bit it says the year is 2013 but it looks old .never used it or torn. Don't know what to do with it I put it on Facebook market place.. to see who wants it. Or can bid on it for there collection.. but I was wondering how much its worth
Nope on December 13, 2019:
I have a 2 dollar bill the serial # is k36885472A and it’s from 1976
Unkown on December 13, 2019:
I have a green seal 2013 series L52663317A dollar bill how much is it worth?
Gustave on December 12, 2019:
I have 1,000 2 dollar bills
Tracy on December 08, 2019:
I have a 2 dollar bill from 1978 with serial number D 23239746 A how much is that worth or is it worth nothing but 2 dollars?
Johm bowers on December 08, 2019:
I have a green seal well its green ots 2013
Austin on December 07, 2019:
I have a two dollar bill green seal with the year 1776. How much is it worth?
Joshua on December 01, 2019:
I have and old$2 bill
Conniep on November 30, 2019:
I have a 1928 D19739240A $2.00 bill what is it worth?
Jacqueline Garman on November 27, 2019:
I have a red seal 1963 two dollar bill serial number A00048481A what is it worth
Angel Alexander Perez on November 23, 2019:
I have star 100 bill with three 000 in the front wana no how much itbwood be worth
URGAY on November 18, 2019:
i wnt a 3 doler bil, if u have so, plz rspnd, thx!!!!:)
Anonymous on November 12, 2019:
I have a stack of two dollar bills, what do I do?!
Tony m on November 06, 2019:
I have a two dollar bill series 2013 serial number B0250933 four star does it have any value
Shannon templin on November 02, 2019:
I have a two dollars I would like to know how much is it worth for the date is 1776
Marc on October 31, 2019:
I have a May 18,1914 Richmond 2 dollar bill. How much that worth?
Demetra on October 30, 2019:
I have several paper one dollar bill that say silver certificate what’s it’s worth?
Chelsea Desjarlais on October 26, 2019:
I got a brown two dollar bill
Tlcj on October 24, 2019:
I have Qty 4- $2 Bill Red Seal Series 1953 A,B,C
jhon on October 23, 2019:
i have red\
Dave on October 19, 2019:
I have 2013 double stamp 1 dollar what’s it worth
kamesh on October 15, 2019:
i have a 1986 $2 canadian bill what it worth
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 12, 2019:
I have 30 1976 $2.00 bills also have 64 ,22 , 36 10 ,8, 13 all are in consecutive order and never been circulated . I all have some red seal ones
How do I establish valve and where can I sell them
Dawn on October 10, 2019:
I have a 2 dollar bill with a red seal 1953 series
Carliss Johnson on October 07, 2019:
I have a damage two dollar bill from 1778 what it worth
Clarence on October 06, 2019:
I have 45 $ 20.00 gold PC's how much can I for them? email@example.com. Go to MX 57
Michael Hamilton on October 05, 2019:
What if my $2 bill has a green seal?
Martin on September 27, 2019:
I have a $2 bill number 9 and 1/2 I series what's that worth
Evan on September 26, 2019:
I have $ dollar bill 19-2003
Sharonda Washington on September 19, 2019:
What if my $2 bill has a blue seal?
Anilk235743@gmail.com on September 16, 2019:
I have a $ 2 bill.=1 A 11672441 A ,2003
Andrew on September 07, 2019:
I have a 2009 2 dollar bill, what's it worth.
Linda on September 06, 2019:
I have a lot of old pennies dating back to 1912 and silver half dollars dating back to 1964 also have a $2 bill in red is any of it worth anything also I forgot a 1889 silver dollar
Donald Valich on September 05, 2019:
2 dollar bill 1953 B red
Caleb on August 27, 2019:
I have a $2 Bill with the year of 1776. Where can I sell this at? Whats it worth?
Steve on August 22, 2019:
I have multiple gift packs of $2 bills...all in sequence...all in perfect uncirculated condition. 1976 series. But alas, they're worth...$2 a piece.
tsholla127 on August 17, 2019:
I have a 1976 2 dollar bill b51823898b. Worth anything?
J P Boyle on August 15, 2019:
I have a sheet (32) of mint $2.00 bills. What is it worth?
Paul C. on August 12, 2019:
The information in this story is a bit dated. The most current iteration of the $2 bears a date stamp of 2013A. I usually get a few at my local bank every Saturday and spend them as I would any other type of paper currency. Still enjoy seeing people try to figure out if the bill are real or not.
Ben Kennedy on August 06, 2019:
I have 6 1923 2 dollar bills how much would they al be together
Ky on July 30, 2019:
I have $130 dollars
Jerry DeRose on July 21, 2019:
I have 1943 pennys 20 of then steel
Ricardo arroyo on July 13, 2019:
Tell my $2 bill worth $3,200
Manuel on July 11, 2019:
I have found $ 1 bill 2013 serial 4333333
wayne on July 10, 2019:
I have 9 1986 canadian 2dollar bills unicential serial number
is there any value in them besides face value??
Tracy on July 08, 2019:
I have two 1976 two dollar bills in good condition one with serial number L00516385* and I00397168A, are these worth more than 2 dollars???
Kathy on July 03, 2019:
I have a red seal 1928 $2 bill. Where can I sell it?
Lisa Collins on June 27, 2019:
Love the information I've learned on this site
Barbara on June 23, 2019:
I have (7) two($2.00) bills, and was holding onto them in hopes of using in hard times, But, as I have found; They R not as promising as I needed them to be.
Kevinflogan@yahoo.com on June 21, 2019:
I have a 1976 $2 dollar bill
C00052501* can not find any info on it anywhere!! Low number and a star
Should be worth something? Any help would be amaxing thanks
Gracy Porcel on June 16, 2019:
I would like to know ,how much is worth my two dollar bill ,from 1923 with the red seal , thank you !
Claraerodgers@aol.com on June 16, 2019:
I have quite a few red serial numbered $2 bills. 1 really stood out, both corners are slightly gone, the number reads E22979783A. Hmmmmmm
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Robert on June 01, 2019:
I have some silver Dollars need to get some two Dollar bills
Caleb R on May 31, 2019:
Sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s I bought a new wallet at a Ames or K-mart in Malone NY and was amazed and a bit confused to find what appeared to be a real, fairly well used $2 bill in it. The bill has a red seal and reads series of 1928f. If it’s truly only worth up to $20 I guess I’ll hang onto it a bit longer.