The $2 bill is a very rare Federal Reserve Note that is worth two dollars, or 200 cents. On July 10, 1929, the $2 bill started off always as a United States Note with a red Treasury seal. It remained that way until 1965, when the red seal notes were discontinued, along with the $2 bill as a whole for almost 11 years. It was reintroduced as a Federal Reserve Note on April 13, 1976 as a Series 1976, in honor of the Declaration of Independence's 200th anniversary.
This rarely seen bill features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the front, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back.
First time the $2 bill became a Federal Reserve Note, and the last time this denomination was printed at the main facility in D.C.
Approximately 2.4 million new $2 bills were released to circulation every month since 1976 for 20 years.
Uncut sheets of $2 bills first appeared on BEP reports in late 1985.
Until 1996 (2000 for all districts), these were the only newest $2 bills ever known to exist.
At least about 400 million of these bills still remain in circulation as of 2019.
Signatures: Mary Ellen Withrow and Robert E. Rubin
Production span: August 1996 – circa 2000
First $2 bills printed at the Western Currency Facility, which now prints all the $2 bills.
Those printed in 1996 were only shipped to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and were also therefore the only available notes with serial numbers ending with "B".
In late 1999, to celebrate the new millennium, a unique series of 9,999 Star Notes was printed for each of all 12 Federal Reserve Districts. These notes sold through August 2000. This also marked the first time in history when the Western Currency Facility ever printed $2 bills to all districts nationwide.
These $2 bills were the newest to ever exist until 2003 (2006 for more than half of all 12 districts), and are all still in circulation as of 2019.
Uncut sheets with high serial numbers were printed for the Federal Reserve Districts of Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas. Production totaled more than 3.3 million notes. The Dallas notes were printed sometime in 2004, the New York notes in December 2004, the Atlanta notes in August 2005, and the Chicago notes in November 2005.
These $2 bills were the newest to ever exist until 2006, and are still in circulation as of 2019.
From December 2007 through October 2008, $2 bills with unique serial numbers in which the first four digits represented the year 2008 and they always ended with "D" began production. This process continued on through May 2014.
Also beginning production in December 2007 was the "Lucky Money 888 Set", which was exclusive to the District of St. Louis and always began with the numbers "888". Notes ending with "E" were printed in December 2008.
These $2 bills were the newest to ever exist until 2012, and some were released to circulation in 2009.
Release dates: January 3, 2014 – August 16, 2016 and December 19, 2018
Virtually no $2 bills would have been destroyed if we reach 1.3 billion in circulation by the end of 2018 as long as no new ones are being printed this year, since there were 700 million in existence before 2006.
The last Series 2013 $2 bills were printed in August 2019, before the denomination transitioned to Series 2017A.
As of late 2019, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and San Francisco still have had printed $2 bills in 2018 at the latest.