Success: The New $10 Keeps Hamilton
The AHA Society announces the success of the #SaveHamilton movement
After ten months of campaigning to keep Alexander Hamilton in a prominent place on the US currency since the US Treasury's June 2015 announcement of a $10 bill redesign, the AHA Society is proud to announce that the US Treasury has listened to the #SaveHamilton movement.
The #SaveHamilton movement has successfully communicated to the US Treasury that the American public wants to keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. As a result of the #SaveHamilton and #Womenon20s campaigns, the US Treasury has changed its original plans targeting the $10 bill to feature a notable woman. Now, Alexander Hamilton will retain his place on the $10 bill, Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill, and additional important historical figures, male and female, will be included on the reverse sides of the $5, $10, and $20 bills.
June 17, 2015 - US Treasury announcement of $10 bill redesign and beginning of the #SaveHamilton movement
On June 17, 2015, news broke that the $10 bill, which features the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, would be redesigned by the US Treasury to "feature a notable woman." The official announcement was made by the current Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in front of the statue of Alexander Hamilton at the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.. The US Treasury cited that it wanted feedback on the plans in order to create currency that was more representative of American democracy. The #SaveHamilton movement, the #Womenon20s campaign, hundreds of news articles, and countless Americans all presented the US Treasury with a very clear message: Leave Hamilton on the $10, and place a woman on the $20 bill.
Learn more from the #SaveHamilton campaign page
April 20, 2016 - US Treasury Announces "Modern Money" Redesigns
Ten months after its original announcement, on April 20, 2016, the US Treasury announced that it will redesign not just the $10 bill as originally planned, but undertake a whole new approach to the $5, $10, and $20 bills.
In an open letter, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew stated:
Since we began this process, we have heard overwhelming encouragement from Americans to look at notes beyond the $10. Based on this input, I have directed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate plans for the redesign of the $20, $10, and $5 notes. We already have begun work on initial concepts for each note, which will continue this year. We anticipate that final concept designs for the new $20, $10, and $5 notes will all be unveiled in 2020 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
The $5 bill will continue to honor Abraham Lincoln on the front, but the back will now depict Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to recall the historic events that have taken place at the Lincoln Memorial. The $20 bill will depict Harriet Tubman on the front, with the back retaining an image of the US White House, along with an image of Andrew Jackson. As for the $10 bill:
The new $10 will honor the story and the heroes of the women’s suffrage movement against the backdrop of the Treasury building. Treasury’s relationship with the suffrage movement dates back to the March of 1913, when advocates came together on the steps of the Treasury building to demonstrate for a woman’s right to vote, seven years prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment. The new $10 design will depict that historic march and honor Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul for their contributions to the suffrage movement. The front of the new $10 will continue to feature Alexander Hamilton, our nation’s first Treasury Secretary and the architect of our economic system.
View the "Modern Money" page from the US Treasury describing the currency updates.
AHA Society Reaction to the New US Currency Designs
The AHA Society is indebted to all those who joined the #SaveHamilton campaign, writing letters and articles, signing petitions, and participating in public forums to express their position to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill and honor women on the $20 bill in concordance with the #Womenon20s campaign.
The AHA Society celebrates the US Treasury's latest announcement that not only Alexander Hamilton, but also the equal rights and suffrage movements will be represented on US currency. After all, Alexander Hamilton championed the idea that everyone could have the opportunity to make the most of their lives and aspirations.
In terms of the justice done to Hamilton, AHA Society Vice President Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio comments that “Alexander Hamilton is the only person to consistently be featured on US paper currency since it started being printed in 1861, with his portrait appearing on seven different denominations over the last 150 years. The news that Alexander Hamilton will retain his historically prominent place on US currency is a welcome validation of Hamilton’s significance to the nation.”
This is an important moment in the history of US currrency, and the AHA Society praises the decision that Alexander Hamilton will continue to be properly honored, along with many other deserving individuals.
Read more from the AHA Society press release.
Celebrating Hamilton's Legacy on US Currency
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You can also celebrate the announcement with memorabilia that depict Alexander Hamilton on US currency, including with the image above.