What is the legality of "purchasing" an uncirculated brick of bills similar to one like this:

100 NEW $2 Bills Uncirculated Consecutive 2009 Notes BEP

Would it be possible (and cheaper) to simply ask a bank to give you cash this way instead? Are banks for some reason not allowed to distribute consecutive bricks of valid US currency?

  • All caps, colorful font, a 20% markup over face value...... Id be really worried about potential counterfeits.
    – Michael A
    Jul 15 '14 at 13:11
  • @Ben Indeed, it's a curious listing. Assuming it's legit and also assuming I'm not interested in purchasing that listing (or looking for advice on doing so) what are your thoughts on the question itself?
    – Yuck
    Jul 15 '14 at 13:26

Yes, selling bills is legal. In fact, there are collectors of bills that have curious serial numbers, such as 7777xxxx, 8888xxxx, etc. There are eight digits to the number, I just mean the bill starts with four sevens or eights, as an example.

Yes you can ask your bank for a pack of $2 bills. I did this years ago, they told me they needed to order $2000 or 1000 bills, but they'd do it if I took half. So I had a decade or so of annoying every toll collector or cashier I gave a $2 bill.

  • Thanks - I wonder why it's always $2 bills. Just the novelty of them?
    – Yuck
    Jul 15 '14 at 17:27
  • Exactly. See the recent Times' article - nytimes.com/2014/04/02/nyregion/… Jul 15 '14 at 17:35
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    Just curious... Do you pay sales tax on the total price, or just the premium?
    – DJohnM
    Jul 16 '14 at 0:54
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    That's a different question, but I believe it's taxed like any other item sold on eBay. Jul 16 '14 at 1:00

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