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Harriet Tubman As The Face Of New Currency

Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill or $10 bill? You may have seen polls going around a few months ago about what woman we should honor on the new $20 bill. Well, the Treasury Department has recently released a video stressing the importance of choosing the face for the redesigned currency. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and many other U.S. officials come together in efforts to get more of our input.

After months of polling from multiple sources, Womenon20s.org has selected 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman. With an online tally of 600,000 votes Harriet Tubman was chosen over Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller. The poll originally sought to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill but the Treasury Department decided to alter the $10 bill instead. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gives us an explanation in the Washington Examiner:

“The $10 bill is currently scheduled for a redesign, and creating new currency is a painstaking process that takes years to plan and complete. The $10 is the first in a planned new series of redesigned notes. It’s a process that began before he (Barack Obama) took office and that he has been discussing with the Treasury since the beginning of his tenure in 2013. The new bill won’t be unveiled until 2020.”

According to the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill in some fashion. Hamilton will remain on the bill as a smaller image with the chosen woman or on a separate $10 bill which will be added to circulation at the same time as the new currency. Jack Lew also added that their will be new anti-counterfeiting properties as well as new tactile features to aid the blind on the redesigned bills. 

Who do you want to see on the new $10 bill? Let us know using the hashtag #TheNew10 and visit this Treasury Department site for more info.

Photo Credit: Linda Ruiz-Lozito


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