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Are Two Dollar Bills Unlucky?

Rumor: Two-dollar bills are considered unlucky in the U.S.

Claim: $2 bills are considered unlucky in the U.S.

SUPERSTITION

Origins: Many commonplace objects are said to be inherently imbued with luck, good or ill, so it should not astonish us that one particular denomination of currency, the , has attracted its own measure of superstition.

Clerks have been known to refuse them (and not because they thought the bills counterfeit, as in the famed Taco Bell was an aversion to handling something believed cursed with ill fortune. The taboo against the runs throughout North America but is not spread evenly; in some communities its presence is quite

strong, in others almost In the 1970s, for example, you’d have been hard pressed to find a Canadian anywhere in the province of Alberta because one practically couldn’t give them away there.

American $2 bills were first issued as legal tender notes in 1862. Contrary to what is commonly believed, the has not been removed from circulation in the USA. According to the U.S. Treasury, as of 1999, $1,166,091,458 worth of U.S. were in circulation worldwide. In Canada, the was replaced with the “toonie,” Canada’s two-dollar coin (also known as “the Queen with the bear behind” because it bears an engraving of Queen on one side and a bear on the other) in 1996.

Two-dollar bills have never been popular. In 1925 the U.S. government made an unsuccessful attempt to popularize them by inserting one in each pay envelope given to federal employees. Several newspapers offered to aid in the campaign by giving prizes for two-dollar bills containing certain serial numbers. The Post Office Department, however, pronounced this practice a lottery and therefore a violation of the postal laws.

Those who shy from the $2 bill give a variety of reasons for their antipathy:



    At one time a session with a prostitute cost $2, thus possession of one of those bills proved its holder had been consorting with ladies of the evening. Under this line of thought, at the very least the bill at some point in its career had been through a joy house and was now forever tainted.

The reasoning here is flawed: just because a thing costs two dollars does not mean exact change must be used to pay for it. Besides, a gent who’d just engaged the services of a hooker wouldn’t be returning home with the telltale in his wallet, because he would have just spent it. (And yes, in the 1930s two dollars would have bought you a five-minute interlude with the gal of your choice at a low-end brothel. Fellows generally left their shoes on during those quick encounters.)

In the days when election-rigging was the norm, campaign bosses would hire men to vote for their candidate. The ringers would be trucked in, given names from the voters’ list to claim as their own, and the name of the man they were to vote for. Once they’d done the deed, they would each be rewarded with a The same fellows would be moved from polling place to polling place, each time to assume new names, vote for the same guy, and be paid again. Having in your wallet was therefore proof you’d sold your vote.

It would be naive to believe vote selling never went on, but that does not necessarily mean two dollars was the standard price for a vote or that, even if it were, the wage was paid with a rather than two singles (or, much more likely, two silver dollars).

The standard bet in American horse racing was two dollars, and winners were paid with Ergo, possession of a sheaf of these notes was prima facie evidence that one had been betting on the hay burners. Given the prohibitions against gambling (in the not-so-distant past it was considered an activity thoroughly steeped in sin), no respectable person wanted to be associated with it, not even by happenstance.

Although $2 was the most common amount to bet on the ponies, the parimutuel nature of racing’s betting system meant that winners didn’t receive exactly the amount they bet: a successful would be paid $4.30 or $8.40 or $10.70 or some other amount, depending upon the odds established for the various horses in the race at post time. That some bettors may have used to place their bets doesn’t mean everyone’s winnings were paid in

Aside from ladies of the night, horse races, and bought votes, another reason given as the likely source of the perceived unsavory aspect stems from its most common name: “Deuce” is one of the many slang terms for the devil (as in, “The deuce you say!”).

Whatever the cause, are widely considered unlucky. For those troubled by this association, superstition offers a counter to two-dollar ill luck: tear a corner from the bill. Some who hold this view assert that one must discard the bill once all its corners are gone, but we don’t hold such extreme views.

Rumor: Two-dollar bills are considered unlucky in the U.S.

“Lucky” Two-dollar Bill

Posted August. 19, 2003 21:42,

A thief, who made off with valuables worth 400 million won in the empty houses around the luxury neighborhood, was arrested thanks to the ‘lucky’ two-dollar bill. This bill brought good luck to the police and victims but bad luck to the thief.

On Aug. 13, Lee, 38, was being questioned on charges of robbing the luxurious houses in Seongbuk-dong and Pyeongchang-dong in Seoul.

Lee was suspected of breaking to Chang’s house in Pyeongchang-dong at 1:30 p.m. on Jul. 31 and stealing jewels, a Mink Coat made in Italy, US$7,000 and 5 million won in cash. He was under probe on suspicions of robbing valuables worth 455 million won in this neighborhood on 5-8 counts in July and August.

He allegedly stole a Mink Coat, pearl necklaces, Rolex watches, a Saxophone, US dollars and euros.

The police asked the thief to confess his guilt, showing him screens of the CCTV that caught his car, but he denied the allegations.

However, when one of the victims made out his 2-dollar bill, Lee had to stop denying.

An American businessman gave Chang the 2-dollar bill as a present when he was on business trip to the U.S. And Chang wrote down the number of the bill in his diary.

Two-dollar bills were first issued in the U.S. in 1776. They are seen valuable because they were issued only 5-6 times until 1995. As there is a rumor that the two-dollar bills bring good luck, they are often given as a present in the American jet society. It is famous that actress Grace Kelly had the two-dollar bill in 1965 when Prince Rainier III of Monaco wooed her.

“I wanted to go to China with my family as soon as I have a lot of money,” Lee said. The “lucky” bill turned out to be bad luck to him.

Meanwhile, the two-dollar bill brought Chang good luck.

Lee has been in custody since Aug. 14.

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A thief, who made off with valuables worth 400 million won in the empty houses around the luxury neighborhood, was arrested thanks to the ‘lucky’ two-dollar bill. This bill brought good luck to the police and victims but bad luck to the thief.

On Aug. 13, Lee, 38, was being questioned on charges of robbing the luxurious houses in Seongbuk-dong and Pyeongchang-dong in Seoul.

Lee was suspected of breaking to Chang’s house in Pyeongchang-dong at 1:30 p.m. on Jul. 31 and stealing jewels, a Mink Coat made in Italy, US$7,000 and 5 million won in cash. He was under probe on suspicions of robbing valuables worth 455 million won in this neighborhood on 5-8 counts in July and August.

He allegedly stole a Mink Coat, pearl necklaces, Rolex watches, a Saxophone, US dollars and euros.

The police asked the thief to confess his guilt, showing him screens of the CCTV that caught his car, but he denied the allegations.

However, when one of the victims made out his 2-dollar bill, Lee had to stop denying.

An American businessman gave Chang the 2-dollar bill as a present when he was on business trip to the U.S. And Chang wrote down the number of the bill in his diary.

Two-dollar bills were first issued in the U.S. in 1776. They are seen valuable because they were issued only 5-6 times until 1995. As there is a rumor that the two-dollar bills bring good luck, they are often given as a present in the American jet society. It is famous that actress Grace Kelly had the two-dollar bill in 1965 when Prince Rainier III of Monaco wooed her.

“I wanted to go to China with my family as soon as I have a lot of money,” Lee said. The “lucky” bill turned out to be bad luck to him.

Meanwhile, the two-dollar bill brought Chang good luck.

A thief, who made off with valuables worth 400 million won in the empty houses around the luxury ne…