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Possible hidden fortune in $2 bill has people searching in forgotten places

FILE- The U.S. Treasury Department building is shown at dusk in Washington on June 6, 2019.{ } (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE- The U.S. Treasury Department building is shown at dusk in Washington on June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Now is a good time to check that $2 bill stuffed away in a drawer or old wallet.

The unique currency has been in circulation since the 1860s but some people are finding them to be upwards of $4,500, according to U.S. Currency Auctions.

Several editions of the bill have been in circulation with the most recent being designed in 1963, the U.S. Treasury Department notes. Some feature Thomas Jefferson's face, Alexander Hamilton or America's first secretary of the treasury.

A bill's worth depends on several factors including if it was in circulation.

Uncirculated bills with red or brown seals can be worth thousands, according to U.S. Currency Auctions. Serial numbers and the condition of the bill are also important to consider.

According to MarketWatch, if a serial number is printed on the left and ride sight side of the bill starts with the number one and was printed in 1976, the bill would be worth more than $20,000.

Collectors are also interested in serial numbers that are "solid," all of the same digits, or "ladder," digits in ascending order.

As of 2022, there were 108.3 million $2 notes in circulation, the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing reported.

However, the notes are still being printed and circulated which means most $2 bills are worth exactly that.

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