New $20 Note to Feature Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew today announced plans for the new $20, $10 and $5 notes, with the portrait of Harriet Tubman to be featured on the front of the new $20. Ms. Tubman will be the first African-American to be featured on U.S. currency and the first woman to appear on U.S. currency in more than 100 years. The reverse of the new $20 will feature images of the White House and President Andrew Jackson.

Secretary Lew also announced plans for the reverse of the new $10 to feature an image of the historic march for suffrage that ended on the steps of the Treasury Department and honor the leaders of the suffrage movement—Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul. The front of the new $10 note will maintain the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.

Finally, he announced plans for the reverse of the new $5 to honor events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and prominent individuals involved in those events, including Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Secretary Lew noted that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will work closely with the Federal Reserve to accelerate work on the new $20 and $5 notes, with the goal that all three new notes go into circulation as quickly as possible, consistent with security requirements.

For more information, read the Treasury’s press release and letter from Secretary Lew.

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