The Director of Manufacturing at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas, Ms. Williams explains how frequently $2 bills are produced, who decides how many to make and when, and she explains the process of how $2 bills are made.
Erik is an MIT graduate who, after an inspiring encounter with a $2 bill in one of his graduate classes, began a year-long research project on the currency. His findings are an integral part of the film’s structure. Soon after, Erik joined the project as an Associate Producer.
You know him as the Ben in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but nowadays, Mr. Cohen oversees The Stamp Stampede, whose aim is to eliminate money from politics. Stamping messages on paper currency is the thing, but Cohen explains how much more effective it is to use a $2 bill.
Mr. Jurek has always admired the $2 bill and the United States space program. His collection of $2 bills that have been on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions is impressive. He profiles his collection and shares the incredible stories of why the astronauts carried them aboard.
An expert on the paranormal and well versed in superstition lore, Mr. Nickell shares some of the origins of how the $2 bill was perceived as bad luck. He highlights hidden symbols of the Illuminati on the back of the bill and explains some of the ways the “curse” can be removed.
Mr. Bart is the CEO of ExecutiveCurrency.com and a published expert on paper currency errors. Since $2 bills are more scarce than other denominations, errors on them make them more valuable. Bart has some of the more amazing $2 errors and shares them in the film.
Ms. Gschaar has perhaps the most fascinating and touching story in the film. After losing her husband in the tragedy of September 11, it was a $2 bill that gave her the closure she needed to accept his death. Hers is a powerful story about the ways a $2 bill connects people.
Dr. Noll is an accomplished historian whose specialization is in the financial and monetary history of the U.S. Government. As such, he was a perfect fit to share facts and insight into the history of the $2 bill from its 19th century designs through the reissue in 1976.
An esteemed author, professor and media commentator, Dr. Watson’s passion for the American presidency is his greatest attribute. So there was little doubt that he would be the one to talk about the president synonomous with the $2 bill: Thomas Jefferson.
The Vice President of PCGS Currency—which authenticates & grades collectible monies, Ms. Kessler shares a wealth of information about why twos are perceived as valuable, and the several circumstances that would in fact make them worth more than $2.
Hank is the founder of the extremely popular website, Where's George, where users can stamp and track their one dollar bills as they're spent across the country (and world). Hank informs us that the $2 bill has a huge subculture of users that also populate his website.
These two gentlemen have stories about the $2 bill that seem hard to believe. Yet both tales are true. Each encountered managers at popular national franchises who did not believe that $2 bills were real. What happened next is the stuff urban legends are made of.