Another - 1976 2 Dollar Bill Question / Maybe for a Stamp Collector?

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Kathy D, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Kathy D

    Kathy D New Member

    Hello! New member here...I have 1976 2 Dollar Bill with a 13 cent Bicentennial stamp, postmarked on July 4th 1976 / Independence, WV (July 4th 1976 was a Sunday and Post Offices were closed, however the Postmaster at the time did this for just a few of his friends and close family.)
    Curious to know if this is considered "collectible"? Thanks to anyone in advance.
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  3. Wheatmaster101

    Wheatmaster101 U.S. Cent Collector

    Not worth much over face value, but I think it is kinda cool.
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  4. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    Welcome to Coin Talk @Kathy D.

    Literally thousands and thousands were stamped and postmarked.
    Most are postmarked with the issue date, and some are not.

    I agree with @Wheatmaster101....I have a couple of examples with my hometown (Tampa) postmark. Kinda cool. A member here, Clay Irving, has many of these and I would consider him the resident expert.
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    I'm curious how you would know this?
  6. Mike Drop

    Mike Drop Active Member

    I'd buy myself one
  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Welcome to the neighborhood @Kathy D !

    Unfortunately, a lot of stories get passed along that sound great but aren't really true.

  8. Kathy D

    Kathy D New Member

    Because he was a friend of my Dad's, who was also a postmaster of a Small town in the same county.
  9. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Because in your title you didn't know.. then in your post you did know. It was a bit confusing. But I get it now. You are asking if it's a good item for a stamp collector ;)
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  10. Kathy D

    Kathy D New Member

    So sorry for the confusion...I should have worded my post better.
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  11. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    My wife has a couple of these, her Dad was a mailcarrier.
    No stamp, just a cancellation mark dated April 15, 1976.
    Consecutive star notes, he was a Numimatic too.
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  12. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Another broken heart. Maybe her grandfather told her that. Ha ha. Read # 7
  13. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    @Kathy D

    Actually, it's not funny. I know where Kathy is coming from because I've been there. What is so wrong with parents, grandparents, etc. wanting their children to think they were the best thing since peanut butter?

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  14. Stevearino

    Stevearino Well-Known Member

    Welcome, @Kathy D, and thanks for the post. Personally I’ve never seen one like yours before. I wonder what rock I was hiding under in 1976!

    If I saw that note at a flea market or a local coin shop I would pony up a few George Washingtons.

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  15. FrugalCO

    FrugalCO Member

    At my small-hometown, the same event took place with the 1776-1976 $2 dollar bills and I was told then, that those bills would be worth something as a coin and stamp collector. I appreciate their look and design along with the stamping and all, however, the bill is a collector for those who love collecting $2 dollar bills. As for their worth, depends on the audience and believe the audience is getting smaller each year 'cause the "young-Generation" are not being educated about paper money and coins and such. Wally
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  16. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I think stamp collectors prefer their stuff not to be canceled or glued.
  17. Kathy D

    Kathy D New Member

    Please let me clarify, this is not a "story told" I lived it. In 1976 I was 20 years old... (those were the friend...) My father was still the postmaster in Albright, WV. (However the town was all but destroyed in the flood of '85) Mr Engle was the postmaster for Independence, WV. He was a good friend of the family. I totally forgot I had this bill as Dad gave one of them, along with 2 postmarked envelopes (picture's attached) to me and my 3 sisters. Cleaning out some boxes last week...and discovered them almost as pristine as the day given. I was just curious as to the worth...found this site and gave it a go.... :) IMG_0270.jpg IMG_0272.jpg IMG_0272.jpg
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  18. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor

    Kathy, I have collections of both philately and numismatics, so I also remember the excitement at the post office in my small town when this event occurred. I have some of those as just the postmark stamped directly on the bill for no charge and a couple of first day covers that celebrated it also someplace around here. You woul probably get a good group of opinions from our sister forum ( same owner)

    There are fewer stamp collectors in US now days then at that time, so it may take a while for responses, but they are good references. Mention you are a member here.
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  19. Kathy D

    Kathy D New Member

    Thank you Jim! You are most kind!
  20. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    I know nothing about these but the fact that it was from Independence, WV and stamped July 4th seems like it would have an attraction for someone. Just not sure how to find them. I would definitely not dismiss it as of little value.
  21. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    Here's the original Numi-Matic, cranking out coins :joyful:

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