It is the United States banknote that portrays the declaration of independence from the United States on its reverse and shows the oldest design of legal tender graphics on its obverse.
There is a misconception that the $2 bill is no longer in circulationhowever, from the US Treasury department website it is listed as currently ongoing.
This banknote, with a relatively low nominal value, is the one that is manufactured the least, since only 1% of the total production corresponds to this denomination.
Its design, the oldest of the seven enumerations that exist today, was adopted in 1929 and shows John Trumbull’s painting “The Declaration of Independence” on its reverse.
Already strange due to its unique characteristic features, myths and legends also fall on it that grow as they circulate among the people.
How much does a 2 dollar bill sell for?
As for the price, an estimate, it ranges from 15 at $400 each copy. But collectors ask that it be in perfect condition.
Currently, on ecommerce platforms such as eBay or Mercado Libre you can find offers with shipping included, either from the United States or nationally.
Myths and truths of the 2 dollar bill
The two-dollar bills have been issued intermittently since 1862 and their first order dates from March of that same year, although the denomination of 2 dollars was suspended from 1966 to 1976.
Then, in 2003, as part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the United States, its broadcast was resumed and in 2013 the most current series took place.
The Declaration of Independence scene that appears on the bill’s reverse is not a perfect duplicate of John Trumbull’s painting, as five figures were removed so that the image would fit on the bill.
A bill commonly used in the United States as a marker for small stores to track theft.
One of the myths that circulate is that the population associates the 2 dollar bill with racetracks, since this is the minimum bet, or with night clubs.
Another legend is that the price of admission to the house-museum of Thomas Jefferson is 13 dollars with the intention of favoring the exchange with 2 dollars.
In 2016, a girl was arrested for trying to pay for school lunch with a $2 bill, accused of counterfeiting the currency. After a police investigation, she backed down from the case.
The crew of Apollo 15 in 1971 carried $2 bills and $20 bills inside their pilot preference kits. This design is one of the 50 banknotes that were carried on the mission carried out with the command module Endeavor, in which Al Worden participated, and remained in orbit while Dave Scott and Jim Irwin explored the lunar surface also with these coins on top.
The command module pilot, Al Worden, flew only this bill in lunar orbit.
The life cycle of the 2 dollar bill
Before a Federal Reserve note enters circulation, it must go through four fundamental steps: design, order, production, and issuance.
The $2 bill acquired a symbolic value, thus making it a rarity due to the omnipresence of the $1 bill.
According to the Fed report, in 2017 there were 12,000 million “one” compared to 1,200 million “two”, which makes it the scarcest of the entire currency scale.