The $2 Bill Is Making a Comeback

There's more interest than ever before in the $2 bill. Immigration may be one reason behind the rise in demand from banks and financial institutions. The bill's popularity has waxed and waned since it was introduced.

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You might have thought the $2 bill was a thing of the past. Not only is it still around, it's staging a comeback. The Federal Reserve System reports that demand for the bills by banks and savings institutions has been increasing over the last five years. The popularity of the bill has waxed and waned since it was first printed in 1776.

According to Reuters, inflation and immigration may be two factors in the return of the two. Robert Hoge of the American Numismatic Society told the Wire Service that immigrants from Canada and other places, where two's are more common, are more comfortable using the larger bill.

One group that has wholeheartedly embraced larger currency: exotic dancers. Performers say when $2 bills are stuck in their garters, it doubles their tips.

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