1976 $2 first day of issue

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by eric6794, May 10, 2018.

  1. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    Hey all I wanted to share a $2 note I picked up at a local coin club auction. I'm not very well versed in centering and criteria for a nice condition note but to my untrained eye this is a nice one. Dated April 13 1976 St. Albans WV. I bought it for my wife who was with me because it is her birth year and it's going in the keep forever folder. 19761.jpg 19762.jpg
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  3. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I know it's just me, but this note is so nice and crisp, I would prefer it without the ink and stamp on the reverse. I am sure these are collectible for a small premium.
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  4. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    In most circumstances I would agree about the ink and stamp but try to argue that with the wife, I think that was the selling point for her lol.
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I found a bunch of those in a library book once. Like seven or eight of 'em. All with the stamp and postmark. It was a fun find.
  6. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

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  7. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    Wow that's cool I had no clue. Now I hope she never finds this out or she'd swear it was a bad omen lol.
  8. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    So its kinda the first of the first issue so to speak?
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  9. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Innocent bystander

    Yes, series 1976 $2 notes were the first FRN’s for deuces.
    They were preceded by 1963A United States Notes (red seals) and were the last denomination to become Federal Reserve Notes. Many, many 1976 $2’s were stamped and postmarked on April 13th 1976.
  10. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    I remember when these came out when I was a kid and new collector. It was a big deal at the time and tied in with all the Bicentennial stuff. I think April 13 was the first day the $2 notes were issued and I recall my local Post Office offered the special 1st day Cancellations. I asked (begged) my grandparents to go to the bank and post office to get one for me. They got the notes at the bank, but said the line at the PO was too long. I still have the notes, but wish they would have been stamped. (BTW: My grandparents got some for my brother too, but he spent them on baseball cards)

    I'll have to start watching for cheap examples at shows. IMO, This would make a nice collectable set (Diff cities, states, FRB, etc), even if it may not be valuable.
  11. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    And here was I thinking that with a name like OLDhoopster that you must be old, like the rest of us. I did not realize you were a youngster.
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  12. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    On the basketball court you're old if you were born when they started putting P mintmarks in nickels through halves, and cents were still made from copper :dead:
  13. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    I think it,s really cool :) especially with the cancellation stamp, the emotional
    and physical attachment will always out weigh any monetary value. just
    enjoy it and think of the memories it provides.
  14. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Yes, The goverment had to start making the bills 5 months before release date.
    All the banks all acrossed America had to be "stocked" for the "First Day of Issue" on April 13th. Only the bills with serial numbers that where Made before April can Qualify to be a First Day Note. These can be easily faked/reproduced still today.
    Which may be why they never increased in value.
    My wife has some, Her dad was a postalworker.
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