Woman’s Portrait on $10 Bill, US Treasury Announces

by Darrin Lee Unser on June 19, 2015 · 20 comments

$10 Bills

Alexander Hamilton has appeared on $10 bills since 1929. He is one of two non-presidents on currently issued U.S. notes. In 2020, a woman will be featured on the $10.

Spawning a flurry of interest, the U.S. Treasury Department announced earlier this week that a woman will be featured on the $10 Federal Reserve note.

The announcement came from Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The changes will appear as part of the redesign process for the $10 bill and is scheduled to be unveiled in 2020.

"I’m proud to announce today that the new $10 bill will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman," stated Jacob Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary. "This historic endeavor has been years in the making."

2020 is also significant in that it marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States. Accordingly, the Treasury is asking for help on who should be featured.

It is seeking input from the public and requesting suggestions for a woman who contributed to the development of democracy in the United States. Suggestions are welcome on the new website set up by the Treasury at: http://thenew10.treasury.gov. The Treasury has invited the public to use the hashtag #TheNew10 to contribute and spread the word.

In addition to the online input, Treasury officials will also be gauging opinion from other methods. This is likely to include public meetings, roundtables and town halls.

 

How the chosen woman will be featured is yet to be determined. It has been indicated, however, that Alexander Hamilton will remain in some fashion on the note. Hamilton has been on the $10 since 1929. A woman, however, has not been seen on a U.S. bill since the late 1800’s when Martha Washington’s likeness was used on the $1 silver note.

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george glazener June 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

Abigail Adams. The choice is easy..

Richard June 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

But the only way to leave a comment is by Twitter, and those of us who don’t want to use this method are frozen out. What would have been wrong with a website poll page?

Eleanor Roosevelt
Harriet Tubman

Both good candidates.

S. Buckles June 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Caitlyn Jenner…kill two birds with one stone!

Joe June 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Rosie the riveter.

Eddie June 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Hopefully it will be someone who has done something that benefitted ALL Americans.

Tom June 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

LOL, by 2020 you will need a hundred of those $10 bills to by a loaf of bread. What an honor to be featured on a ponzi coupon! My vote is for Strawberry Shortcake riding a unicorn.

Mike June 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Let’s get modern, why not the sour puss of Rosie O’Donnell ? Hell the dollar’s going to tank anyways and the Feds want to convert to an all digital economy and plant chips in all of us. Nothing would please me more to see her mug go up in flames a million times over in Government incinerators.

Joe June 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

I read that they want to do it to the $20 bill in 2020 also. But they already have a list of woman to choose from.

Munzen June 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Joe: The original efforts were directed at changing the $20 bill (see WomenOn20s.org). Then the Treasury pulled a switcheroo and said that the $10 bill was up next for a redesign even though the current 20 and 50 have been in use longer, so Hamilton would be replaced instead of Jackson. It’s just my 2¢ but of all the people on current US currency, my preference is to keep Hamilton and replace Andy.

Joe June 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Munzen: The article is in the July issue of COINage magazine. They must be behind the news. Thanks.

Darryl Strickland June 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I do not agree that the $10 bill featuring Alexander Hamilton should be changed. He was the first Treasury Secretary and was responsible for putting the young nation on a firm financial footing.

Jerry June 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Betsey Ross would be my vote.

Vachon June 23, 2015 at 3:39 am

I “like” how once again Congress’s insular thinking is showing in their defense of Hamilton like it did for retaining Monticello on the reverse of the nickel. Hamlton was a good and important man, yes, but like our coins everlasting obsession with dead Presidents, our currency portraiture has been unchanged for almost 90 years.

There are plenty of other worthy honorees and historical vignettes which could be used. I don’t want to go wacky like Canada and honor any which thing but a change once a generation would not be out of line. I honestly think this country missed an opportunity to do a grand redesign during the Bicentennial to showcase American accomplishments and honor those who have either helped preserve or improve upon the Union.

jim June 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Whoever it is, best bet would be to go to the moneyfactorystore.gov and buy a $10 currency sheet (4, 8, or 16 uncut bills) before all the current $10 bills wear out and Hamilton’s face disappears forever.

TheCurseOfTheRodainTrilogy June 24, 2015 at 11:53 pm

I agree with Daryl Strickland, it would be a mistake to remove Hamilton, for no one even comes close to his accomplishments for this country with finances – he should remain on the 10.

Mike June 25, 2015 at 5:59 am

or how about Alfred E. Neuman as a cross dresser….what her worry ?

Mike June 25, 2015 at 6:03 am

Well, they ought to put a woman on a Hundred dollar bill, because they sure know how to spend our money.

dennis sullivan July 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

Stanton, Rosa P arks sacrificed nothing. 440,000 men died in ww2. I would put anyone of them on the bill before I put these women on the bill. Other nations laugh at us- we are truly a nation that has a majority of people who are sheep and just plain stupid but I guess the government and treasury want to appeal to that 75% who are just plain dull and stupid and who would sell out in an instant in order to secure their comfort levels. Putting a woman on a bill for the sake of being a woman is a level of stupid activity – other nations should keep laughing at us. Elizabeth Stanton, Rosa parks- they sacrificed little to nothing. To see one of the Goldbergs pushing to have Rosa Parks makes me disgusted. I won’t use that new 10 or 20 dollar bill if it comes out. If I need cash I will tell bank teller I do not want that bill.
Our nation is going down the drain. I would put most firefighters, police, bus drivers, soldiers, Marines, etc on bill before I put these women who had easy lives. These women did little and sacrificed nothing.

Dustin luckeydoo August 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Susan B Anthony.

Mike August 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

How about Alfred E. Neuman as a Transexual, then you could call it a “Federal Reverse Note”.

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