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$2

$2
 
Front of bill Back of bill
1976 – Present
A
Federal Reserve Bank Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name and corresponding letter of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

B
Treasury Seal

A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later.

C
Raised Printing

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

D
Paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

E
Portrait and Vignette

The $2 note features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the front of the note and a vignette depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back of the note.

F
Serial Numbers

A combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. 

  • 1976 – Present
    1976 – Present
    A
    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name and corresponding letter of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    B
    Treasury Seal

    A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later.

    C
    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    D
    Paper

    Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

    E
    Portrait and Vignette

    The $2 note features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the front of the note and a vignette depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back of the note.

    F
    Serial Numbers

    A combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. 

The back of the $2 Federal Reserve note features an engraving of John Trumbull's painting, “The Signing of the Declaration of Independence.” Although the original painting depicts 47 men, space constraints meant that only 42 could appear on the note.

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$2 Note Life Cycle

Before a Federal Reserve note enters circulation, it must pass through four critical steps: design, order, production, and issuance.

1.2
Billion Notes
2016 volume in circulation
$2.3
Billion
2016 value in circulation
$0
Dollar
2017 Annual print order

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