Surprise: Woman to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, not Andrew Jackson on the $20

posted at 11:21 am on June 18, 2015 by Allahpundit

Ben Domenech wonders how early America’s most famous self-made man, who fought by Washington’s side in the revolution, who co-wrote the Federalist Papers, who constructed the country’s financial system, and who was decades ahead of his time in opposing the slave trade ended up on the currency chopping block.

Our terrible ruling class can’t even resist farking up our money.

Back in 2009, during the height of the Tea Party, there were crotchety old Americans who warned in dark tones about the dangers of this president. He was a socialist, they said, and feckless to boot. He hated the American Founding and the men who built the foundations of this country. He would lead us into war and ruin and despair, and he would tear down the monuments to our heroes along the way. He was anti-American through and through, in ways that us youngsters did not understand. When they said this, I would disagree as politely as possible. The president is wrong about policy, wrong about direction, I said at the time, but he is not a socialist, not someone who hates America. He may have the wrong ideas, but his heart was still in the right place, or close to it.

Is it possible they were right, and I was wrong?

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says it’s no slight against Hamilton, just a quirk of scheduling: The $10 was due for a redesign and the feds want a woman on the currency by 2020 to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage. But of course it’s a slight. No one thinks Washington would be booted from the $1 or Lincoln from the $5 if those bills were next for a design overhaul. As for why Hamilton instead of Jackson, the great persecutor of Native Americans and a man effectively disowned by his party (a fan of decentralization with a southern base is basically the opposite of the modern Democratic Party), Lew says it’s because the bills need to be redesigned sequentially for some reason. Presumably Jackson will be cashiered in due time too, but not by 2020.

Who’s replacing Hamilton? Lew won’t say yet:

Lew said Obama administration officials are seeking advice nationwide — including people who “aren’t comfortable using a hashtag as well as people who are comfortable using a hashtag.”
 
“We are going to be open to many ideas as we go forward consistent with theme of democracy,” Lew said. “Our thinking is to select a woman who has played a major role in our history who represents the theme of democracy.”
 
The bills with Hamilton in it, which were first introduced in 1929, will continue to be used for as long as those bill last, Lew said.

Presumably it’ll be Harriet Tubman, the name most often mentioned as a potential replacement for Jackson. Hard to believe the feds, having resolved to remove one of the most influential Founders from the sawbuck in favor of a woman, would double down on an all-white currency by choosing a white woman over a black one. Besides, Tubman is better known to most Americans, I’d bet, than leaders of the suffrage movement like Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. One of the arguments made on Twitter last night for why Hamilton ended up being sent into currency retirement is that many of us simply don’t know who he is, his amazing achievements notwithstanding. He’s expendable culturally in a way that American presidents like Washington, Lincoln, and even Jackson aren’t. It would be odd if the woman who replaced him is much more obscure than he is, even granting that women had grossly fewer opportunities than men like Hamilton did to make a major mark on American politics until recently. Tubman made hers despite everything that was stacked against her. Eleanor Roosevelt did too, although it would be beyond strange to find FDR’s First Lady on the currency when FDR himself, arguably the most consequential president of the last hundred years, isn’t.

But I digress. Jack Lew’s rationalizations aside, why’d they bump Hamilton instead of Jackson? One theory being kicked around last night was that a Democratic administration wouldn’t bump a former Democratic president from the currency, but like I said above, that doesn’t wash. There are few modern Dems who view the term “Jacksonian” as a compliment. Another possibility, as noted, is that Hamilton’s less well known to the public than Jackson is, which may be true but isn’t so true that it would explain a strong preference for bumping the former instead of the latter. Washington and Lincoln are untouchable American icons; Jackson once had an iconic status, but time and greater public awareness of his political sins have eroded his cultural currency. His own accomplishments don’t rival Hamilton’s. He should have been the first to go and would have gone with less objection from people who know their history. Maybe Hamilton was picked for retirement precisely because the administration knew that replacing him would be more likely to provoke a public outcry, especially among GOPers who think greater respect for the Founders and their constitutional scheme are key to restoring American greatness. The more Republicans grumble about Hamilton being tossed, the easier it is to frame their complaints as opposition to having a woman on the currency, a fine little flourish for the “war on women” crapola to come this year and next. Exit question: Which GOP candidate will be the first to call for reinstating Hamilton?


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Let’s be honest – women just haven’t been all that important to American history.

K. Hobbit on June 18, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Besides, Tubman is better known to most Americans, I’d bet, than […] Susan B. Anthony […]

We heard about Susan B. Anthony constantly when I was a kid in the 80s.
And she’s already on an American coin!

Tzetzes on June 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM

To leftists, white men are evil and should be shamed. Leftists will celebrate anything that involves removing whites (and white men, in particular) and replacing them with someone who is “anything but white” (which they term “people of color”).

bluegill on June 18, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Chaz Bono?

Mr Soames on June 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Eliminating Andrew Jackson would bring far too much attention to the founder of the Democratic Party.

Star Bird on June 18, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Pocahontas, savior of Jamestown colony. They can use the Disney cartoon image I suppose.

otlset on June 18, 2015 at 12:52 PM

It’s because racis. Hamilton, who was born in Charlestown, Nevis in the British West Indies, is thought to have been of one-eighth (possibly one-quarter) black ancestry.

Gene Hunt on June 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Anybody got change for a Fluke?

onomo on June 18, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Sounds like a punchline to another joke…

“We’ve already established what you are… we’re just haggling over price!”

dominigan on June 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Our thinking is to select a woman who has played a major role in our history who represents the theme of democracy.”

My guess: Rosa Parks as she is credited with being the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement.

LetsBfrank on June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Put some random woman named Erin Burr on it.

Flange on June 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM

dump jefferson on the 2$ bill.
while hate to do that at least it would not be seen often.
although with so many things costing 1.99 would like to see more of the 2$ bill

dmacleo on June 18, 2015 at 12:59 PM

“We’ve already established what you are… we’re just haggling over price!”

dominigan on June 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM

How many Flukes for a quick Fluke?

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2015 at 12:59 PM

“Our thinking is to select a woman who has played a major role in our history who represents the theme of democracy.”

That means S.B. Anthony.

The more Republicans grumble about Hamilton being tossed, the easier it is to frame their complaints as opposition to having a woman on the currency, a fine little flourish for the “war on women” crapola to come this year and next.

I think you are absolutely right..

Ted the Average on June 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM

At least if they were going with “black” instead of “woman,” they would have at least excellent candidates (King and Frederick Douglass). Women ….. Emily Dickinson? Little help?

K. Hobbit on June 18, 2015 at 1:07 PM

If they want a woman on a bill why not Bruce Jenner on the $3 bill.

H/T Bernard McQuirk

Cleombrotus on June 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Meh, respect for what Tubman did and all that, but they should stick more to people closer to the founding. Dolly Madison or Abigail Adams would have been far better choices.

Othniel on June 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Dolly Madison

Othniel on June 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Mmmm cupcakes!

otlset on June 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

You know they are seriously considering Margret Sanger or Harriet Tubman, and they won’t see the irony of trying to decide between the eugenicist whose goal was to eliminate the inferior races from America and the the black woman who helped usher slaves to freedom.

Dolce Far Niente on June 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM

I would have thought that the last place a liberal woman would want her picture would be on currency. Liberals don’t like capitalism (so they claim). According to them, capitalism (along with white men) is the basis for all the ills in the world. Money has never been kind to them. From wage disparity to unequal representation in the workforce, it has been money, created and controlled by men, that seems to be at the heart of all their complaints.
I’m also curious about the social impact. Will it change how we perceive women or how they are treated? Will it change the course of history and usher in a new age of enlightenment? Nope. It’s just another feel good, do nothing gesture so that liberals can pat themselves on the back. As usual, they pay lip service to helping the plight of the underprivileged while their actions are just filled with meaningless symbolism that benefits no one.

bandutski on June 18, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Margaret Sanger wasn’t on the list? What?

BobMbx on June 18, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Why is this Democratic administration keeping a Supreme Court ignoring, slave owning, Native-American hating white male on the U.S. $20 bill? Probably because it is comfortable with all of that.

Grey on June 18, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

Galtian on June 18, 2015 at 1:49 PM

The reason why they picked Hamilton is because he doesn’t have a group of supporters in Congress who will prevent the change. Most presidents appearing on currency have a group of supporters usually from the same state (like Jackson or Jefferson) or party supporters (like FDR and Grant) who insist on keeping their guy on the currency and block any changes. I’ve been a numismatist my whole life, and it is way past time to change who is on our currency.

Captain Kirock on June 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Mae West.

Seth Halpern on June 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Leave Hamilton on the bill.

Axe on June 18, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Mae West.

Seth Halpern on June 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

+1 – a great American capitalist.

jake-the-goose on June 18, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Despite what feminists say Susan B. Anthony was Pro-Life and would not be acceptable to the party of Moloch otherwise known as the Democrats.

12th Legion on June 18, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Alexander Hamilton was a bastard, but he was a righteous bastard.

And unlike Barack Obama, he loved his country.

Domenech is right about the old bastard, but those of us who tried to warn him were right about the current bastard.

I have no doubt this choice is intended, at least in part, to be a thumb in the eye to people who love America as she is via an insult to a founding father. I also suspect the current bastard, whose distaste for studying history and ignorance of it is notorious, has no idea of the role Hamilton played in fighting the institution of slavery.

novaculus on June 18, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Exit question: Which GOP candidate will be the first to call for reinstating Hamilton?

Better yet replace Jackson with Ronald Reagan…and I have nothing against Jackson and I feel he was an important and mostly positive American figure despite the leftist attacks on him.

I just think it would be cool to see this:

1. Washington $1, Federalist
2. Lincoln $5, Republican
3. Tubman $10, Republican
4. Reagan $20, Republican
5. Grant $50, Republican
6. Franklin $100, No Party

Does anyone see anyone from the Democrat Party there? LOL. The GOP needs to learn how to play this propaganda stuff better. There should be a party id on the new money too.:)

William Eaton on June 18, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Kate Upton on the 20 dollar bill? Cool. But shouldn’t she be on the 38 dollar bill.

SpongePuppy on June 18, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Gimme two fives, please.

davidk on June 18, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Leave my money alone!

davidk on June 18, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Next thing you know they’ll be letting women drive and vote

cornbred on June 18, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Already, the Obama administration is short-changing women by 50% in going from the 20 to the 10 dollar bill proposal. Jack Lew leads the patriarchy.
/sarc

RSbrewer on June 18, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Why is replacing Hamilton an outrage? Quin Hillyer explains.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/419958/outrageous-and-ignorant-decision-10-bill-quin-hillyer

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Change the $10 face annually … in alignment with the Sports Illustrated swim suit cover.

Hard currency would make a comeback, most especially the hard-to-find $10 bill.

Carnac on June 18, 2015 at 3:59 PM

But shouldn’t she be on the 38 dollar bill.

SpongePuppy on June 18, 2015 at 3:21 PM

38 might have already inflated to 39.

The “portrait” dimension will need to be rotated to “landscape”, too.

Carnac on June 18, 2015 at 4:07 PM

You are wrong. It’s going to be a black woman; probably Rosa Parks. A white woman placed on currency during Obama’s watch?????? Yeah…

supersport667 on June 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

I would have thought that the last place a liberal woman would want her picture would be on currency. Liberals don’t like capitalism (so they claim). According to them, capitalism (along with white men) is the basis for all the ills in the world. Money has never been kind to them. From wage disparity to unequal representation in the workforce, it has been money, created and controlled by men, that seems to be at the heart of all their complaints.

Right. Put a women on the food stamps.

txdoc on June 18, 2015 at 4:22 PM

You are wrong. It’s going to be a black woman; probably Rosa Parks. A white woman placed on currency during Obama’s watch?????? Yeah…

supersport667 on June 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Jeannette Rankin: voted against both, WWI and WWII; only woman to cast a vote for the 19th Amendment; first female member of Congress (House of Representatives); pacifist; suffragette. Oh yeah, she was also a Republican.

Oh well. So much for Miss Rankin.

Mommys Little Darling on June 18, 2015 at 4:24 PM

I always regarded the man who stood for banking interests and closer to ties to Britain as nowhere near the standing of a great patriot like Andrew Jackson

Faramir on June 18, 2015 at 4:27 PM

The community organizer in the White House is a professional provocateur, right down to his toes. He’s constantly seeking to provoke people and gin up outrage so that he can exploit the turmoil he creates.

It’s who he is, it’s what he does.

No doubt he also finds it gratifying to disrespect a founding father and aggravate Americans who revere him, most of whom will be on the other side of the fence politically. I have no doubt the ignorant bastard has no idea of the role Hamilton played in opposing slavery.

He’s a petty and contemptible man, and his minions are no better.

novaculus on June 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Jenner Bill, every year it changes it’s value…

right2bright on June 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Aunt Jemima……love pancakes

txdoc on June 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

The more Republicans grumble about Hamilton being tossed, the easier it is to frame their complaints as opposition to having a woman on the currency, a fine little flourish for the “war on women” crapola to come this year and next.

Malarkey. This is so easy, a caveman could do it.

Run your campaign on the following theme:

“We have Putin trying to put the Soviet Union back together, we have China building a war machine with the intention of giving the US a ‘black eye’. We have massive unemployment, lopsided ‘free trade agreements’, we have people making the decision between gas to get to work and food for dinner. We have a bunch of misfit countries, many of whom benefited by US investment and protection, now conspiring to undermine the US dollar. We have a fanatic terrorist group taking over the Middle East.We’ve got masses of terrorists, criminals and desperate poor people crossing our border, every day of the year, for many years. And what do the freaks on the left wanna talk about? They want us to believe that a man under the delusion that he’s a female, really is a female. They want us to accept borderline pedophiles from GLSEN going into our schools to talk to little kids about graphic, perverse sex acts. These freaks (and that’s what they are, freaks) have all day to worry about bs, while the country is burning. Maybe if they quit putting so much energy into worrying about how to get a woman on the currency, and instead put some serious thought into how to get rid of ISIS, them thousands of WOMEN in the Middle East who are under the threat of being raped, beaten, murdered and otherwise brutalized could finally have some peace.’

avgjo on June 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Can’t we just wait until the quadrillion dollar bill comes along? We are certainly headed in that direction. In fact, there should be plenty of denominations for everyone. I want my picture on the google dollar bill…

TheChicagoWay on June 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

They are saving the $20 for The One.

Best bet would be just to leave it alone, but the people who make those decisions just aren’t smart.

No one will be happy, whatever the result anyway.

I’m also fairly certain that Washington would not want to be on any currency, having fought a war to break away from a country that put monarchs on their currency.

reaganaut on June 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Well somebody’s got to say it.

Clearly, Bruce Jenner should be the first female to appear on our currency.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Jenner Bill, every year it changes it’s value…

right2bright on June 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

You beat me to it, I see.

Great minds and all …

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2015 at 4:51 PM

I vote for the Rose of San Antonio.

vnvet on June 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Aunt Jemima……love pancakes

txdoc on June 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Of course, or Betty Crocker, who hasn’t heard of Betty?

Almost every kitchen in America, if you say the name Harriet Tubman, maybe 25% of the people know her…say Aunt Jemima, 80-90%, Betty Crocker 100%.

Those two are institutions, not just names…

right2bright on June 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

It’s likely that the only person from the United States who will be remembered from this era in a hundred years or more will be Neil Armstrong. Why not him?

TriFocalist on June 18, 2015 at 5:23 PM

It is the demise of public education which enables such travesties. 40 years of ever-more federal control has left us with a less literate adult population and amnesia for the Founders.

Tubman is mostly myth. The Underground Railroad, as daring as it was for the time, only led about 70 slaves to freedom. It was not some massive ongoing transit.

Tubman did also accompany Union forces liberating plantations in what we now call the ACE Basin in South Carolina, but she was there to assure the slaves they didn’t have to flee into the swamps from the blue-coats.

Adjoran on June 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Given that Jackson was opposed to ‘soft’ currency as vehemently as he was, putting in on ANY bill never made sense.

hburns on June 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Why replace Hamilton. Why not Caitlyn Jenner on a new three dollar bill.

rjoco1 on June 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Adjoran on June 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM

It would be easier to fit “Harriet Tubman” on the $10 than, say, “Sojourner Truth.”

Just say’n.

Mommys Little Darling on June 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

I’ve got the perfect woman.

Molly Pitcher

Star Bird on June 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM

I won’t buy any of the First Spouse gold commemorative coins because I’m deathly afraid I’ll draw one with either Shrillary or Michael on it.

Molly Pitcher would be cool, but we don’t really know who she was or even if she existed?

I’d be fine with Dolly Madison-she was a looker!

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 18, 2015 at 8:09 PM

They better print more fives.

Why not Annie Oakley?

http://msattribution.tumblr.com/post/33840089885/phoebe-ann-moses-annie-oakley-1860-1926

claudius on June 18, 2015 at 8:23 PM

I have a great deal of respect for Abigail Adams. Wouldn’t mind seeing her celebrated this way.

I also don’t mind seeing Hamilton get the boot. Our founding involved two competing visions, Hamiltonian empire vs Jeffersonian republic. It is my opinion that, over time, that Hamiltonian vision won out as power became further centralized. Hamilton’s desire for a central banking system was nothing but a necessary step toward his vision of US empire. Also part of that plan was the establishment of what they referred to back then as a standing army. Jefferson feared government. Understood the danger of its growth and centralization. Hamilton, like so many others just wanted to be the one controlling that power and so he pursued it relentlessly and often viciously. He was a brilliant man and his contribution to the federalist papers was deserving of great admiration (despite the fact that he did not personally agree with much of what he wrote). Regardless, the nation would have been far better off had the Jeffersonian vision won.

Zetterson on June 18, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Molly Pitcher would be cool, but we don’t really know who she was or even if she existed?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 18, 2015 at 8:09 PM

That’s what liberal academics claim.

As always, their rants conflict with factual reality.

Star Bird on June 18, 2015 at 8:37 PM

Bill Clinton’s choice would be , Pussy Galore.

celtic warrior on June 18, 2015 at 8:40 PM

In keeping with today’s values, it should be Linda Lovelace.

If you want to encourage me to save though, you could put Faith Hill (before she cut her hair) on there.

NoPain on June 18, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Hamilton was a big government statist who favored taxation by force.

Good riddance.

fossten on June 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM

In keeping with today’s values, it should be Linda Lovelace.

NoPain on June 18, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Except that she was a capitalist.

Star Bird on June 18, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Ann Coulter!

claudius on June 18, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Caitlyn Jenner!

ctmom on June 18, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Absolutely… specifically, Caitlyn Jenner when she beat all those men in the 1976 Olympics, proving that women can do anything men can do.

malclave on June 18, 2015 at 11:16 PM

No one thinks Washington would be booted from the $1

Wait, that’s Washington?

I thought it was Barbara Bush.

malclave on June 18, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Oh, for heaven’s sake, let’s just get it over with once and for all:

***- Marge Simpson on the $10 bill! -***

Let’s make this happen! Who’s with me?

cinnabar on June 19, 2015 at 12:55 AM

A better replacement for Hamilton, if it must be a woman, is Hetty Green, especially given the role of the Federal Reserve as a “plunge protector” for Wall Street. Who could be more appropriate than the “Witch of Wall Street” in the age of the Greenspan put?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetty_Green

Desi Erasmus on June 19, 2015 at 1:27 AM

“Who’s replacing Hamilton?”

Why Mooch of course…the first communist, affirmative action, transsexual, black First Lady. Got all the leftist bases covered.

AppraisHer on June 19, 2015 at 1:41 AM

It should be Maureen O’Hara. She had class, style, was a great actress and most importantly, she was very good friends with John Wayne. She became an American citizen on January 25, 1946.
O’Hara also flew to Washington to speak before Congress regarding a Congressional Gold Medal for Wayne. She initiated a petition for the medal and this is what she had to say, “It is my great honor to be here. I beg you to strike a medal for Duke, to order the president to strike it. And I feel the medal should say just one thing, “John Wayne, American.” The vote to approve the medal was unanimous. Wayne watched the proceedings from his hospital room.

bandutski on June 19, 2015 at 5:34 AM

Caitlyn!!…

Pest on June 19, 2015 at 7:17 AM

It should be Kim Kardashan. She’s epitomizes the average American woman voter.

cajunpatriot on June 19, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Hamilton was a big government statist who favored taxation by force.

Good riddance.

fossten on June 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Not according to this ignorant activist:

“We would love to see a woman not have to share her glory, and her opportunity to be recognized and honored,” said Susan Ades Stone, the executive director of the campaign. “And Alexander Hamilton is not someone that people have a problem with.”

Star Bird on June 19, 2015 at 9:21 AM

I think it’s queer that this Administration is unwilling and unable to think outside the box. Forget about putting a woman on the ten-spot.

Instead, I think the Feds should boldly propose a “transformative” figure to be featured on a newly-issued three dollar bill.

Let’s face it. Over the past several decades, cash currency and in particular the one dollar bill, as a medium of personal and business exchange, has simply lost several (if not most) indices of real value. Our government has steadily and incrementally debased that long-time hallmark of our currency.

So why not take a big, bold step?

Think about it . . . inflationary pressure has essentially stripped the one dollar bill of any purchasing value, other than essentially as a replacement for the nickel. A “one” will get you one tiny pack of some (but not all) brands of chewing gum. And, it will no longer get you a cup of coffee.

Perhaps the greatest misnomer of our time is that we have so many actual storefront outlets around which are called “dollar” stores. You can’t even buy half of the items in such stores for a dollar!

Secondly, there is a real risk of theft or strong arm loss associated with carrying actual cash, and especially any visible “wad” of cash. Many people will only buy a cup of coffee and/or some other impulse necessity item — like a quart of milk — by using a credit card.

My point is that a dollar no longer means anything (except perhaps as a means for a very quick twinge in a strip bar), but for some reason it is being kept around by this Democrat Administration during the “transformation phase” they claimed they ushered in.

The only reason I can see that pennies are still in circulation is for the “convenience” in the paying of sales taxes. Plus, they are made almost entirely of zinc — there is not any more than a trace amount of copper, and a little bit of aluminum in a modern penny.

So I say forget the idea of a woman on the ten dollar bill. We already tried that idea twice recently on one dollar coins, featuring a few different women — Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony — and the truth is that the experiment has been a miserable failure. Back in the day, the silver dollar never really caught on either. Too heavy to carry more than one or two at a time.

Likewise, from a paper point of view, the two dollar bill has been a total clunker. I’ll bet a huge percentage of the newly minted two-dollar bills are collecting dust in collectors’ drawers.

I say, let’s go straight to the three dollar bill, and feature thereon a likeness of our most iconic national puff. Now, I don’t personally have any idea who that might, but I’m sure their would be plenty of suggestions coming from the denizens of the other team.

Thoughts?

Trochilus on June 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM

If only Ursala Andress was American…but maybe settle for the icon of all icon’s…Marilyn Monroe…

If not, then I stick with Betty Crocker, who has fed millions of men and women for many decades…

right2bright on June 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Think about it . . . inflationary pressure has essentially stripped the one dollar bill of any purchasing value, other than essentially as a replacement for the nickel.

I just bought a Zagnut for 50 cents.

Star Bird on June 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM

You realize why they’re doing Hamilton, right? It’s because they only get one “first woman on the dollar” shot, so they need to use the momentousness of the first time to get rid of one of the all-stars, but they aren’t yet ready to take on Washington, Lincoln, or Grant.

They will take Andrew Jackson off the next one and use the “he shouldn’t have been on the twenty anyway” excuse at that time.

In 2115, all US currency will feature trans women of color only. Of course the smallest denominations will also be $1,000,000, $10,000,000, $100,000,000, etc. just like Zimbabwe.

ramesees on June 19, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Why replace Hamilton. Why not Caitlyn Jenner on a new three dollar bill.

rjoco1 on June 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Ooooops! Looks like I inadvertently copped your idea with my comment, just above. I honestly did not see or read your comment prior to posting mine. The idea of the three-dollar bill just immediately popped into my head the second I read this post by Allah, and I started writing. But when I just came back looking for newer comments, I took the time to read the prior ones as well, including yours.

Hat’s off to you . . . you got there first.

Trochilus on June 19, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Lady Liberty, who has already graced the face of a number of US coins.
Also, how about putting (whoever) on a new $25 bill? IIRC Lady Liberty has been on $25 coins before.

ReggieA on June 22, 2015 at 1:15 AM