True, you can get $2 bills at most banks any time you want, some are harder to get than others. What you have, though, is a common 1963A series red seal $2 bill, US Note. They trend on e-bay for about $3 each, though they're not uncirculated (such as yours). Uncirculated examples can go for as high as $10 each.
I have a $2 bill as well, though just one. A 1976 series, Federal Reserve Note (common cash). Not much, really, but worth keeping a hold of, since you're not likely to get older series' notes at the bank, but newer ones (since they still make $2 bills)
These are what you want to keep an eye out for, and obviously, in the best condition you can find:
Pre-1990 bills (an average $1 only lasts 18 months)
Star notes (There will be a «
next to the serial number). Star notes are issued when a note of the same serial number was fubar'd during printing.
Silver certificates (It’ll literally say on the bill "SILVER CERTIFICATE"). Back in the day, these used to be redeemable for one dollar’s worth of silver bullion.
Error notes, such as off-center printing
Radar notes (this refers to the serial number reading the same forward and backwards, such as "E 15077051 E" VERY hard to come by).
Different colored seals
seals are Federal Reserve Notes.
seals are United States Notes. $2 USN's were discontinued in 1965 and the $5 USN was discontinued in 1967.
seals are National Bank Notes. Made from 1863 to 1935.
seals are Silver Certificates. They were redeemable for $1, 5, and $10 in silver bullion (silver dollars, such as the Peace dollar).
seals are Gold Certificates. They were redeemable for $10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and $100,000 in gold bullion (at the time, largest denomination gold coins would’ve been $20 double eagles.
Hawaiian Silver Certificates:
During World War II, the US wanted to keep Hawaii's paper money isolated from the rest of the USA just in case Japan invaded Hawaii and confiscated the paper.
These notes could be distinguished by the word "HAWAII
" written on the sides and back.
Hawaiian Silver Certificates were issued in $1, $5, $10, $20 denominations.
North African Silver Certificates:
During World War II, troops who were stationed in Europe and Africa were given these bills to use. I am assuming for the same purpose as Hawaiian, in case of any confiscation of the money, it could be distinguished and then voided. These bills are still backed by the government and could be spent for face value.
These notes could be distinguished by their "yellow
" seal and "blue
" serial numbers.
North African Silver Certificates were offered in $1, $5, and $10 denominations.
Since I'm not a currency collector, I don't really have a broad example of things, though here are some of my bills:
1976 series $2
1957 series $1 silver certificate
1977 series $1, signed by my great grandfather
1963B series $1
1995 series $1, off-center
2003 series $1, crisp uncirculated