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How Much Is a Two Dollar Bill Worth?

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Front and back of a 1976 two-dollar bill

Front and back of a 1976 two-dollar bill

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 BillValue

1976 to 2003

$2

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.

1953 Red Seal Two Dollar Bill

1953 Red Seal Two Dollar Bill

1953 Red Seal Two Dollar Bill Reverse

1953 Red Seal Two Dollar Bill Reverse

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.

Comments

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.???

katelyn on June 09, 2020:

i have a purple seal 2 doller bill

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

aires325@hotmail.com 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

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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? cj@mx57.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

from egu2926892

egu2926893

94

95

96

97

98

99

and egu2926900

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

splinters1@verizon.net on June 15, 2019:

good day to you

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.

Tom on May 29, 2019:

I have dollar bill 1928 G good condition

chem lip on May 29, 2019:

I have two dollar bill 1776 Series 2003 2pcs one dollar bill series 1999-B1978-2013A Series 2013 E92136666G

Saleh Abuniaj on May 27, 2019:

I have a 2 dollar bill from 1928f

Worth it ?

Ella on May 26, 2019:

Me: reads 2 2 dollar bills.

Looks; series 2003

Looks other one; what the hell is a series 2009???

Heather on May 24, 2019:

I got a $2bill and it doesnt have anythaing on it

Leroy on May 14, 2019:

I have two $2 bills

1986 one starts with BUZ

And

1986 starts with CBD

Gay Phillips on May 10, 2019:

I have a $2 bill that has a pink circular stamp that has Washington D.C. And STA.NO.23 in outer circle and APR 13 1976 in the center. My aunt worked in Washington during the 70's. Does this have any special meaning?

Amanda F on May 04, 2019:

Hey so I have a $2 bill that’s from 1986 and it starts with “BUG .....” what’s it’s worth?

sally sauer on April 28, 2019:

I have 200.00 of 2 dollar bills in the wrapped....Should we just take them to the bank and cash them in.

Allenlch85@gmail.con on April 23, 2019:

I have 1 star note $2 bill thats a early print rare run L00004705* ....but....when i search the serial number there are no results due to the year, mine plainly reads series 2003....in search i can find series 2003A....could i have a misprint

no name on April 23, 2019:

i found a two dollar bill with a red seal and i pawned it for 20 bucks