Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Tale of the Two Dollar Bill Today

Today I left NJIT at about 11:30 to attend the METRO Science Librarians SIG meeting in Manhattan.  I arrived in Newark Penn Station at about 11:45.  I walked over to the Dunkin Donuts in the waiting room to get an early lunch.  I dare not use the "B" word or else Matt from Stamford may jump on me. :)  Anyway I gave a 10 dollar bill for my sandwich and drink that cost $5.  The clerk gave me three singles and a 2 dollar bill as change.  This is the first time in years that I saw a  2 dollar bill.  There is a good article about them in the Wikipedia.  The article states that banks with 2 dollar bills won't give them to customers unless specifically requested, but they are in circulation.

On the way home I stopped by the Mitchell-Linden Branch of the Queens Library.  I picked up a book to read for pleasure.  When I reached the circulation desk, there was a little box asking for donations saying that even one dollar would be appreciated.  I dug into my wallet and donated the 2 dollar bill to the Queens Library.  It will help them buy new books.  Believe me, I am aware of libraries with budgetary problems.


JeffK said...

FWIW, the picture shown is of an old-style United States Note, a form of paper money that's no longer in circulation. Modern $2 bills are printed with the familiar green ink used for all Federal Reserve Notes.

It's frustrating that so many people can't or won't use twos. Most other countries have $2 coins or $2 bills and it's much more efficient than getting stacks of ones.

Ginny Lin said...

Do you how much you lost? This is the only paper money we could get that was issued by American government. Today's paper money are all printed by Federal Reserve agency, it is a private, owned international bankers. U.S. can't print its paper bills. The $2 bills are the last time our government tried print our own money, and it was by president Kennedy, he then was assassinated.

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