How Much Is a Two Dollar Bill Worth?

Updated on October 17, 2019
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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 Bill
Value
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.

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      Joshua 

      13 days ago

      I have and old$2 bill

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      Conniep 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a 1928 D19739240A $2.00 bill what is it worth?

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      Jacqueline Garman 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a red seal 1963 two dollar bill serial number A00048481A what is it worth

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      Angel Alexander Perez 

      3 weeks ago

      I have star 100 bill with three 000 in the front wana no how much itbwood be worth

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      URGAY 

      3 weeks ago

      i wnt a 3 doler bil, if u have so, plz rspnd, thx!!!!:)

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      Anonymous 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a stack of two dollar bills, what do I do?!

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      Tony m 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a two dollar bill series 2013 serial number B0250933 four star does it have any value

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      Shannon templin 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a two dollars I would like to know how much is it worth for the date is 1776

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      Marc 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a May 18,1914 Richmond 2 dollar bill. How much that worth?

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      Demetra 

      6 weeks ago

      I have several paper one dollar bill that say silver certificate what’s it’s worth?

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      Chelsea Desjarlais 

      7 weeks ago

      I got a brown two dollar bill

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      Tlcj 

      7 weeks ago

      I have Qty 4- $2 Bill Red Seal Series 1953 A,B,C

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      jhon 

      7 weeks ago

      i have red\

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      Dave 

      8 weeks ago

      I have 2013 double stamp 1 dollar what’s it worth

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      kamesh 

      2 months ago

      i have a 1986 $2 canadian bill what it worth

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      aires325@hotmail.com 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Dawn 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2 dollar bill with a red seal 1953 series

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      Carliss Johnson 

      2 months ago

      I have a damage two dollar bill from 1778 what it worth

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      Clarence 

      2 months ago

      I have 45 $ 20.00 gold PC's how much can I for them? cj@mx57.com. Go to MX 57

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      Michael Hamilton 

      2 months ago

      What if my $2 bill has a green seal?

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      Martin 

      2 months ago

      I have a $2 bill number 9 and 1/2 I series what's that worth

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      Evan 

      2 months ago

      I have $ dollar bill 19-2003

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      Sharonda Washington 

      2 months ago

      What if my $2 bill has a blue seal?

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      Anilk235743@gmail.com 

      2 months ago

      I have a $ 2 bill.=1 A 11672441 A ,2003

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      Andrew 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2009 2 dollar bill, what's it worth.

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      Linda 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Donald Valich 

      3 months ago

      2 dollar bill 1953 B red

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      Caleb 

      3 months ago

      I have a $2 Bill with the year of 1776. Where can I sell this at? Whats it worth?

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      Steve 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      tsholla127 

      3 months ago

      I have a 1976 2 dollar bill b51823898b. Worth anything?

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      J P Boyle 

      4 months ago

      I have a sheet (32) of mint $2.00 bills. What is it worth?

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      Paul C. 

      4 months ago

      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.

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      Ben Kennedy 

      4 months ago

      I have 6 1923 2 dollar bills how much would they al be together

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      Ky 

      4 months ago

      I have $130 dollars

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      Jerry DeRose 

      4 months ago

      I have 1943 pennys 20 of then steel

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      Ricardo arroyo 

      5 months ago

      Tell my $2 bill worth $3,200

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      Manuel 

      5 months ago

      I have found $ 1 bill 2013 serial 4333333

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      wayne 

      5 months ago

      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??

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      Tracy 

      5 months ago

      I have two 1976 two dollar bills in good condition one with serial number L00516385* and I00397168A, are these worth more than 2 dollars???

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      Kathy 

      5 months ago

      I have a red seal 1928 $2 bill. Where can I sell it?

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      Lisa Collins 

      5 months ago

      Love the information I've learned on this site

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      Barbara 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Kevinflogan@yahoo.com 

      5 months ago

      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

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      Gracy Porcel 

      6 months ago

      I would like to know ,how much is worth my two dollar bill ,from 1923 with the red seal , thank you !

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      Claraerodgers@aol.com 

      6 months ago

      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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      splinters1@verizon.net 

      6 months ago

      good day to you

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      Robert 

      6 months ago

      I have some silver Dollars need to get some two Dollar bills

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      Caleb R 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      Tom 

      6 months ago

      I have dollar bill 1928 G good condition

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      chem lip 

      6 months ago

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

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      Saleh Abuniaj 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2 dollar bill from 1928f

      Worth it ?

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      Ella 

      6 months ago

      Me: reads 2 2 dollar bills.

      Looks; series 2003

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

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      Heather 

      6 months ago

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

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      Leroy 

      7 months ago

      I have two $2 bills

      1986 one starts with BUZ

      And

      1986 starts with CBD

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      Gay Phillips 

      7 months ago

      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?

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      Amanda F 

      7 months ago

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

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      sally sauer 

      7 months ago

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

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      Allenlch85@gmail.con 

      7 months ago

      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

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      no name 

      7 months ago

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

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      No name 

      8 months ago

      I found a two dollar bill at Daytona speedway and it was in good condition and I put is a frame so I can give to my kids some day

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      Austin 

      8 months ago

      I have 3 2.00 bills 2 of which are made in 2009 the other one was made in 2003. The 2003 series has an A underneath it. let me know the value. I also hope the value goes up as years pass. I am 12

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      Sam Williams 

      8 months ago

      Best way to sell 2 1963 red seal $2 bills? Thanks!

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      Jameson 

      8 months ago

      I dont know ehat two dollor bill i have

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      J.P.Boyle 

      8 months ago

      I have a sheet of 32 $2. Bills. What is it worth?

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      Giovanni 

      8 months ago

      I have 5 2.00 bills

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      Lord farquaad 

      8 months ago

      Ok i have 2 of them. One with a red lable and another with a green.

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      jeremiah 

      8 months ago

      I have six two dollar bills so how much is that worth

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      Dillion 

      8 months ago

      I have 2 2.00 bills and they are in very good shape they also have the blue marking on them and the year is 2003 on both. How much are they to you?

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      Sevenes2.com@gmail.com 

      9 months ago

      I have a 2009 00129358 * dollar

      Is it rare? Email me

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      Grant 

      9 months ago

      Granted

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      D longb 

      9 months ago

      Google “collectable $2 bills” for collectable value.

      From star notes, to serial numbers, errors, consecutive, to many other values.

      All the 1976 to 2009 are being destroyed and replaced with newer dates.

      They ARE very collectable!

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      ? Queen 

      9 months ago

      I have a 35276111 A 2 dollar bill. How much is it worth?

      I don’t know if it’s circulated or uncirculated.

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      Chris P 

      9 months ago

      They never discontinued the $2 bill. 2003 is not the last printing, there are also 2009 and 2013 series bills.

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      Rhonda 

      10 months ago

      I just like to save the 2 dollar bills, even though they are only worth the 2 dollars, its a fun savings plan. I have nearly 300, 2 dollar bills.

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      Joanne 

      10 months ago

      I try to give my grandkids $2 bills for events because they may save them but if they spend them, they will know who gave it to them and for what occasion. My mother in law did this for my kids.

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      dalepenner 

      10 months ago

      have some of both 2 dollar bills 13 in a sequence mint condition

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      Ken Haughton 

      11 months ago

      To Chem Lip. The 2003A bill you have is unique to me. Or what I noticed about the serial number. It starts with 2 and ends with 9. The rest of the numbers unjumbled would read 23456789 that probably does'nt mean a thing but Im curious. Aren't you?

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      Phil 

      11 months ago

      Uncirculated $2 bill are collectable. But still not a great idea. Your bank will gladly deliver a "brick" of $2 bills with only a service charge.

      Here's what to look for with what you already have:

      1. Star notes: Maybe you have 1 in your pocket now. Again, uncirculated is the key. These are error notes, inserted into a brick to replace a note damaged in printing.

      2. Radar notes. These oddities have serial numbers that catch attention. Such as 1, 2, 3. Any weird attention getting sequence works as well.

      3. Other printing errors, like off center, or slightly slanted, works just as well.

      Because it's a $2, these errors will have value. But then, so do other denominations. Except that, those are already picked over. The $2 are not.

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      I ha 

      13 months ago

      i have 1 box of shoes but 1 dollar bill form 1953 2 dollar bill from 1928

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      Lynora 

      13 months ago

      What if you get a bicentennial $2.00 bill, it say's 1776 on back but in front,year of '2003' every time i look into this there's always know answer, yet in helping people who need the, right on how much do it really worth now, 'please' let us find out 'soon' ok?.

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      Ty 

      13 months ago

      If they were last printed in 2003 then why or how do I have Series 2009 & 2013 $2 bills?

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      SCOTT 

      13 months ago

      This article is incorrect as 2 dollar bills were never discontinued and are still being printed. There is really no additional value unless you find errors, a serial number that a collector is looking for, or maybe a bill that was in a small printing run. Earlier year bills give you a better chance of higher value as the printing runs were small.

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      Anita zeng 

      13 months ago

      i have a 2 dollar bill and the number is B11452195 A

      what does that mean and on the number on the back it said 36 does it mean that it is the 36th bill printed?

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      Gabriel 

      13 months ago

      I HAVE 2 DOLLAR BILL SERIES 2003A

      C 02911930 A

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      Steven Cardenas 

      14 months ago

      Hi I have multiple two dollar bills my great great great grandfather massed down in my family all the way from when they were first made how much would they be worth today

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      lawrence 

      14 months ago

      how much is the two dollar bill worth today

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      Matt 

      14 months ago

      Hey zach, I got 6 1963 A-series red print $2 bills, mint condition, no bent corners, no folds or wrinkles serial number ranging from A18298812A to A18298818A how much would they be worth?

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      Zach 

      14 months ago from Colorado

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for reading! Your two dollar bill is worth $2.

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      Tina Fannon 

      14 months ago

      Have a 2$ bill with the serial numbers 02779977. 2013 is it worth anything

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      Zach 

      14 months ago from Colorado

      Sounds like you have a very nice red seal two dollar bill! Could be worth $20-150+

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      Zach 

      14 months ago from Colorado

      Hello,

      If its been in circulation, its worth two dollars! An uncirculated bill may pull in more ~4 to 6 dollars.

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      billc21463@gmail.com 

      14 months ago

      I have a $2.00 that says series of 1928 G. Serial# E26258517A. Any idea of value. It is also in really good shape. It is actually still crisp.

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      Eunice A.Garcia 

      14 months ago

      I have a 1976 2$,how much is the value B55242084 A.

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      Leemonk84@gmail.com 

      15 months ago

      I have a 1986 $2 A series with the red seal. Anybody have any idea on the worth?

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      Chem lip 

      15 months ago

      I have two dollar bill series 2003A 27435869 1pcs and one dollar bill have star 2pcs for sell how much two and one

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      jamesballas1972@gmail.com 

      15 months ago

      How much is a 2013$2 bill with a block of cheese on it Wisconsin series worth

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      Anne 

      15 months ago

      I have a red seal two dollar bill but the seal is on the left, not the right side. Given to my dad from the navy, 1950's. Series of 1928G. Worth?

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      Kyle 

      15 months ago

      I have a rare 1928 red seal 2 dollor bill and it has a star at the begining of it. I heard they can go for 14000 if mint condition like mine. If anyone has anymore info please tell me. Thanks

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      Linda harmon 

      15 months ago

      I have different versions of silver coins and wheat penny’s and 2 dollar bills with the red and blue marks on them and also one dollar bills with the blue mark on them how much could they be

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      Phil 

      16 months ago

      I have a 2003 $2 bill with a serial number F17790115A. Could be looked at as January 15 1779. If anyone knows if this would be of value let me know.

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