Move over Alexander Hamilton, the U.S. Treasury plans to add a woman on the $10 bill beginning in 2020, reports USA Today.
And Jack Lew, the Secretary of Treasury, says, you –the public– will have a great say about just which female historical figure should appear on the U.S. paper currency for the first time in 119 years, writes the news outlet.
“We’re going to spend a lot of time this summer listening to people,” Lew said, according to USA Today. While a decision could come as soon as the fall, it will take nearly five years for the new bill to begin to circulate because of planning, new anti-counterfeit measures, and features for the blind, the report says.
From USA Today:
Even then, Alexander Hamilton isn’t going away. The first Treasury secretary played a leading role in developing the nation’s financial system, and has been on the $10 since 1928. And there he’ll remain, either on the reverse side or in a separate series of bills. Also, the 1.9 billion $10 bills now in circulation will likely last another 10 years.
The news means that Andrew Jackson, the 19th century Democrat, gets to remain on the $20 bill. Last month, some people–not Raven-Symone–celebrated when it was reported that Harriet Tubman was being considered for the $20.
An online petition earlier this year urged the administration to replace Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. But Lew said the primary consideration was the security of the currency — and the $10 bill was next in line for an upgrade.
No woman has appeared on new paper currency since Martha Washington on a $1 silver note until 1896. Pocahontas was first, gracing a $20 note beginning in 1865.
— KHOP@95-1 (@KHOP951) May 13, 2015
Harriet Tubman still has our vote, whether she appears on the $10 or $20. Who are some other candidates? Let us know in the comments.
SOURCE: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter