The $2 bill used to be worth two dollars, (duh) but now it's worth nothing in most places. Why?

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    The two dollar bill is worth two dollars. It is rarely used, but it hasn't ceased to be legal tender. Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:30
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    hey, what's with the downvotes?
    – Eevee
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 19:02
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    "This question is not useful, or does not show any research efforts." Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 19:21
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    @Imtherealsanic , questions that claim something that is incorrect, and then ask why it is so, get typically downvoted. if you did any research, you would have known that your base statement is false.
    – Aganju
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 20:06
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    The $2 bill is rare enough in circulation that there are more than a handful of ignoramuses who do not know they exist, therefore, they'd doubt their value and legitimacy.
    – user26460
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 20:47

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The United States two-dollar bill is still legal tender, is still in production, and is still worth $2.

That having been said, something is worth only what someone will give you for it. Pretend that I walk into a store with a pocket full of nothing but two-dollar bills, and the clerk in the store looks at them and says, "I don't recognize this. It looks fake. You can't use that here." Those two-dollar bills are worth nothing to me at that moment. However, if I go into a store next door where the clerk is a bit more sophisticated, they are then worth $2.

You might find yourself in a situation where someone is impressed by the two-dollar bill, having not seen it in years. He might say to you, "Can I have one of those? I'll give you three singles for it." The bill is worth $3 at that moment.

Regardless, because it is legal tender, if you find yourself with two-dollar bills and you are having trouble finding a place to spend them, any bank should accept them and exchange them for a different denomination of currency. I occasionally get a small stack of two-dollar bills from my credit union, just for fun. People usually enjoy seeing them.

  • I have a friend that tips in $2 bills. He thinks it's fun.
    – user26460
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 20:58

Presuming that this is the US, the $2 bill is still legal tender, and so is still worth $2. Source

  • So it never lost it's cash value?
    – Eevee
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:32
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    They are legal tender. There may be businesses that choose not to accept them, just like businesses may choose to not accept bills over $20. You could always go to a bank to change them into other denominations if it's a problem.
    – Magua
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:37

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I have a stack of them, and they are doing fine. $1000 will buy 500 of these at my bank, and I go through them over a few years.

The premise of your question can use clarification. If a $1 bill still has value, then a $2 bill has twice that value. They are still printed, and still accepted as payment except by those who are so ignorant they don't believe they are real. Last time I was in NYC, I gave these away to those asking for money. Not one person called after me thinking it was a fake bill. A few gave me an extra thanks for a "Lucky $2"

  • Did you pull that out of your mattress?
    – Ben Miller
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 4:16
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    Don’t be ridiculous. The mattress is just for the stack of $100s. Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 7:20

The two dollar bill used to be worth two dollars, (duh) but now it's worth nothing in most places. Why is this?

The strict answer to your question is inflation. According to https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm $2 in 1976 (when that bill was reissued) is now worth $0.45 (in 1976 terms).

But, as @Magua noted, it's still legal tender. Thus, your question is quite confused.

  • I don't get in the OP that inflation is at the center of the question at all.
    – user26460
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 20:49
  • @fredsbend OP asks about worth, not whether the $2 bill is still legal tender.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 20:53
  • Wow. Then a $1 bill is worth less than $0.25. That's pretty bad. We need to kill the penny, and the paper dollar in favor of dollar coins. Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 21:37
  • @JoeTaxpayer Canada occasionaly does things that the US should emulate, and two of them are the elimination of the 1 cent coin (in 2012) and $1 bill (replaced by $1 coin in 1987).
    – RonJohn
    Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 21:53
  • If we were going to emulate Canada, that wouldn’t hit my top ten. Just my opinion, but “not electing a sociopath to our highest office” would be the top item. Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 22:02

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