Commonly Asked Questions About Antique $2 Bills:
Why Don’t I See My $2 Bill In Your Guide?: Our price guide stops at 1963. That means that we don’t have prices for any $2 bills issued in 1976, 1995, or newer. We also don’t have prices for two dollar bank notes printed by obsolete state banks or by The Confederate States of America. All modern $2 bills from 1953 and newer have very little collector value. You are welcome to send pictures of any obsolete or CSA notes via email for an appraisal.
Are Two Dollar Bills Still Being Printed?: Yes, absolutely. The two dollar bill is still alive and well. You can usually request them from your local bank. Needless to say, they have no collector value unless you have a consecutive pack of 100 star notes. Fancy serial numbers would also be in demand.
Why Are The Corners Missing From My $2 Bill?: Lots of red seal $2 bills from the 1928 series have missing corners. Back in the day people considered $2 bills to be unlucky. Supposedly, if you removed the corner then the note was no longer unlucky and could safely be spent.
What Different Types of Two Dollar Bills Were Issued?: The United States issued $2 bills as legal tenders (aka United States notes), national bank notes (aka national currency), silver certificates, treasury notes (aka coin notes), and federal reserve bank notes (aka FRBNs). Each note has either a red, blue, or brown seal. No seal color is exclusively associated with one type of bank note.
What Is The Most Money A Rare $2 Bill Has Sold For?: These types of questions are always difficult to answer. No one really knows about private sales; and you never really know the circumstances surrounding some auction results. With that said, a desirable and rare $2 bill in superb condition could sell for more than $50,000 in today’s market. Out of the hundreds of thousands of two bills out there only a literal handful really have the potential to be worth that kind of money.
What Are The Rare $2 Bill Varieties I Should Look For?: If you aren’t including $2 national bank notes from rare banks, rare star notes, and serial number oddities then the list is pretty short. The key to the series is probably the 1878 $2 legal tender note signed by Scofield and Gilfillan. Nationals signed by Jeffries and Spinner are also rare. Those are Fr numbers 49 and 388, respectively. Many large size notes are very difficult to acquire in uncirculated condition. However, there really isn’t that one “white whale” that all collectors and dealers are trying to buy.
What Is The Most Common Large Size Two Dollar Bill?: The 1917 $2 legal tender note with a red seal is by far the most common large size note for the denomination. Thousands exist and most sell for around $40.
What Is The Most Popular $2 Bill?: The most iconic $2 bill is probably the 1918 “battleship” note. “Lazy deuce” national bank notes are certainly on a lot of want lists. The battleship is popular because of the back design and it is a fun challenge to collect all of the varieties. Two dollar nationals appeal to collectors because they are from local banks and signed by banking officials. We definitely can’t forget about the 1896 $2 educational note, the 1899 $2 mini-porthole, or the 1869 rainbow. Experts and specialists will always disagree on these types of questions, but they are fun to debate.
Which Antique $2 Bill Has The Most Upside?: We feel like all antique two dollar bills have a pretty close following, so nothing is really flying under the radar. Legal tender red seals from 1874, 1875, and 1878 can be rare in high grades. Of course no one knows about future values, but right now those notes seem the least overvalued.
What Is The Most Counterfeited Old $2 Bill?: Any $2 national bank note should be viewed carefully, especially if it is in poor condition. We see lots of counterfeits from that series. There are also some 1862 counterfeits. All other antique two dollar notes are very unlikely to be fakes or reproductions.
Does Having A Sheet Of Two Dollar Bills Add Value?: Any sheet of $2 bills issued before 1964 is valuable. Modern two dollar bill sheets (from 1976 and newer) have very little collector value beyond their face value.
What Is A Misprinted $2 Bill Worth?: As we have covered, most $2 bills aren’t especially rare. However, major errors are not frequently available. Misprints on small size red seals are valuable. Large size misprints are also rare. Even some modern green seal errors can sell for lots of money.
What Is A Two Dollar Star Note?: Any old $2 bill dated as 1899 or later that has a star symbol in the serial number is considered a replacement note. Star notes from 1899 to 1928 have the chance to be scarce. Please contact us for pricing details.