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Why I pay with $2 bills

First, as a disclaimer, this idea of mine wasn’t original and what inspired me was this article from Mises.org: http://mises.org/story/3584.  Thus, I went to the bank today and asked for some $2 bills and was able to get as many as I needed (I requested $20).  Paying with these is a purely symbolic gesture and I anticipate it bringing up some questions, in which I’ll respond by having the person Google “Why I Pay With Two-Dollar Bills” to find my underlying reason (the first article that appears on the search results is the one I have aformentioned).  After awhile, I may eventually start stamping them with an End the Fed logo to make it a more literal message for people who would fail to grasp any symbolic meaning behind my action or who would be too disinterested to pursue a Google search.

As a collector of coins and someone who used to save $2 bills, I think it’s going to be really strange at first when using these as normal currency (despite the fact that the are readily available at most banks).  Some interesting facts about the $2 bill is that it is the least circulated bill, but is still legal tender (ie businesses are legally obligated to accept them as payments).  The person on the front of the bill is America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, who was one of the most patriotic figures in American history and the first president to dismantle the first US central bank (Andrew Jackson was the next president to abolish the second central bank…who’s going to be the third?).  On the back of the bill is one of the most important events in our nation’s history, the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Not a bad note to represent the Freedom Movement if I may say so myself.


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