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Series of 1953 Red Seal $2 Bill - Values and Pricing

1953 red print two dollar bills can be broke up into four different types by signature combination:

1953 – Ivy Baker Priest (Treasurer of The United States) and G.M. Humphrey (Secretary of the Treasury)
1953A – Ivy Baker Priest and Robert B Anderson
1953B – Elizabeth Rudel Smith and C. Douglas Dillon
1953C – Kathryn O’Hay Granahan and C. Douglas Dillon

All the different 1953 red seal two dollar bills are equally common.  In average condition any 1953 red print $2 should sell for about $2.50 to a dealer or collector.  If you have a run of 100 consecutive red writing two dollar bills, expect about $8 per note.  The same $8 applies to smaller runs of consecutive notes.

Red seal two dollar bills from 1953 are frequently encountered with a star at the beginning of the serial number.  1953 $2 star notes typically sell for about $5 if they are in decent condition.  Expect about $15 if they are uncirculated.

1953 two dollar bills feature Thomas Jefferson as the central figure.  The back of the bill shows Monticello.  These were printed in Washington DC and circulated across the country.  They have red overprints and a red seal on the right hand side of the bill.  You can find the following phrases on the bill:

“Two Dollars, United States Note, The United States of America will pay to the bearer on demand Two Dollars”

“This note is a legal tender at its face value for all debts public and private”

Across the four different types of 1953 red seal two dollar bills there were 79,920,000 notes printed.  An additional 3,960,000 1953 star notes were printed.  You can see why 1953 two dollar bills aren’t rare today and why they will never be rare.

We do not buy 1953 red seal two dollar bills unless you have a run of uncirculated star notes or a large number of consecutive notes.  We will also buy 1953 twos that a serial number with five or more leading zeros.