Proposed Susan B. Anthony $2 Bill


Eight years before the first Susan B. Anthony $1 coin was struck, Congressman Seymour Halpern (R-NY) introduced a bill into Congress that would have replaced Thomas Jefferson on the $2 bill with the likeness of Susan B. Anthony. The $2 bill hadn't been printed since 1965 when Halpern's bill was introduced on November 1, 1971. The bill garnered much support from fellow congressmen, governors, women's organizations, and U. S. citizens.

During the same legislative session, Congressman James G. Abourezk (D-SD) introduced a bill that would replace Jefferson's home Monticello on the reverse with Mount Rushmore. Proponents of the two bills wanted to combine them. It was thought that it would be much easier to get enough support to pass the combined bill. The reasoning being that even though Jefferson would be replaced with Ms. Anthony on the obverse, Jefferson's likeness would still be on the note, albeit the reverse, since he is featured on Mount Rushmore.

Neither bill ever passed. The Two Dollar bill was resurrected for the bicentennial of the United States and was released on April 13, 1976. Jefferson's likeness was retained on the obverse, but Monticello was replaced on the reverse with a reproduction of the painting "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull.

To connect this page with small sized dollar coins, note the similarity of the image of
Ms. Anthony on the small sized $1 coin and the proposed $2 bill from 1971.

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