NEW YORK — Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the $20, CNN sources said Wednesday.
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 new $20 note’s time frame is.
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.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver chimed in with a statement of support for the decision.
“I’m thrilled to hear of the Treasury Department’s announcement that Harriet Tubman will be featured on the new $20 bill — a woman of unbreakable courage and enduring strength. What better way to honor her legacy than by making her the first woman in over a century to be featured on our paper currency. And make no mistake, this honor is long overdue,” Cleaver said.