WASHINGTON, DC (WNCN) — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that the new $10 bill will feature a woman’s image.
Lew made the currency design announcement Wednesday afternoon at the National Archives.
The theme of the next generation of $10 bills — due out in 2020 — will be democracy, with the new note featuring a woman, whose identity has not been chosen yet, according to Lew.
Lew told reporters that the new notes are being timed for 2020, in part to mark the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote.
“Our democracy is a work in progress,” Lew said, adding: “This decision of putting a woman in the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”
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Folks can’t nominate a current movie star or any other recent celebrity — it’s illegal to put a living person on U.S. currency. And anyway, Lew said, “democracy will be the theme of these new notes.”
Until now, the push has been to put a woman on the $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson — famously an opponent of the very idea of paper money. There are even bills in both houses of Congress to do just that.
The Treasury said it chose the $10 bill instead because it’s overdue for a redesign, attributable in part to the ease with which it can be counterfeited.
“In addition to featuring a woman, the new $10 note will include a tactile feature that increases accessibility for the visually impaired,” the Treasury said.
Women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony was honored on the $1 coin from 1979 to 1981, and Sacagawea, an American Indian guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been on $1 gold coins minted since 2000.
— Information from The Associated Press and NBC News