Mnuchin says Tubman $20 bill design delayed past 2020

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This image provided by Swann Auction Galleries shows an undated photograph of Harriet Tubman, the 19th century abolitionist. Experts said the newly discovered photo of the Maryland-born Underground Railroad hero was taken in Auburn, N.Y., in the late 1860s. The newly designated Harriet Tubman national historic site in central New York launched a crowdfunding campaign […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th-century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman has been delayed.

The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by Mnuchin’s predecessor, former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who had served in the Obama administration.

Tubman’s fate had been in doubt since the 2016 campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move an act of “pure political correctness.”

Mnuchin, however, said the delay in unveiling a $20 redesign had been prompted by the decision to redesign the $10 bill and the $50 bill first for security reasons. He said those bills will now be introduced before a redesigned $20 bill.

 

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