It’s all about the Jeffersons

I picked up a $2 bill this week, the first one I’d seen in rather a long time. It wasn’t from one of those uncut sheets you see advertised now and then, either; it was a fairly ordinary Series 2003 Federal Reserve Note, with John W. Snow’s signature.

As is my usual practice, I set it aside with the others. And by “others,” I mean a total of two other $2 bills. Two of them look pretty much alike, but the third, which was the first one acquired, is distinctive: it’s an actual United States Note — no reference to the Fed anywhere — from Series 1963. The Treasury Secretary signing this bill was C. Douglas Dillon, appointed by JFK way back in ’61. On the obverse, instead of the current Declaration of Independence scene by John Trumbull, is a representation of Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. Apparently this was one of the last $2 bills to be issued before the denomination was (briefly) discontinued.

Of course, some people seem to be unaware that $2 bills even exist.

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