I have a $100 US bill that is torn. Can I use the half with the serial numbers to get my money back from a bank?

I tried to use a vending machine and accidentally put in a 100 dollar bill. It tore it in half. I have a half with the serial numbers. Can I get the money back from the bank or the establishment?


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If you have more than 50% of a US bill, it carries the full value and your bank should accept it. (Stores, or banks you do not have an account with, may not.)

If you have less than 50% of the bill, it is worth nothing.

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    And if you have exactly 50%, I suspect it's also worth nothing.
    – ceejayoz
    Sep 28, 2016 at 18:14

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