Hamilton to stay on front of $10, sources say, and Harriet Tubman gets the $20

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NEW YORK -- Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the $20, sources confirm to CNN.

The announcement is expected to come later Wednesday from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who will also reveal that a montage of leaders from the women's suffrage movement will be added to the back of the $10.

The redesigned $10 bill is expected to enter circulation by 2020, though it's unclear what the $20's time frame is.

A close-up of the front of the US 10-dollar bill bearing the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary, is seen on December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. Various security features are imprinted into the bank note. Different denomination security threads have various colors which are visible when lit by ultra-violet light. The security features found in United States currency are selected after extensive testing and evaluation of hundreds of bank note security devices, many of which are used successfully by other countries with lower production and circulation demands. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS

A close-up of the front of the US 10-dollar bill bearing the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary, is seen on December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. Various security features are imprinted into the bank note. Different denomination security threads have various colors which are visible when lit by ultra-violet light. The security features found in United States currency are selected after extensive testing and evaluation of hundreds of bank note security devices, many of which are used successfully by other countries with lower production and circulation demands. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS

The women pictured on the back of the $10 will be the first to appear on U.S. paper currency in more than 100 years.

The matter has been at the center of intense debate for some time. Lew first told America in June 2015 that he would feature a woman on a new version of the $10 bill alongside Hamilton.

Lew promised to spend time collecting public opinion, and it turned out that Americans had plenty to say about the matter. The question of which woman should receive this particular honor was hardly the only point of contention.

Some argued that Alexander Hamilton -- the nation's first treasury secretary -- shouldn't have to share top billing with anyone else. Others said a woman shouldn't have to share a bill -- that she should have her own.

5 comments

  • Country Gal

    Cool stuff! Not only will she be the first woman on our money in 100 years, but the first black woman!! She deserves the spot.

    • Country Gal

      Maybe you should go read the history on Harriet Tubman, most importantly how she helped during the civil war. She was an awesome woman.

  • CYNIC

    Well they can check off a few PC boxes with this one. I have a better idea though, no faces on money at all. At the point we’re at, money itself has no intrinsic meaning. It isn’t even backed by any sort of tangible resource (anyone remember the gold standard???). It’s pieces of paper created out of thin air at the whim of a select few unelected individuals. The country that all of these faces built and fought for doesn’t exist. They may have all done remarkable things, but putting their faces on worthless pieces of paper is not the best way to honor them. Make it like Monopoly money. A big dollar sign and a number with a different color for each denomination. At least that way when the dollar is devalued we can shred it for pretty confetti.

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