Wayne Pearson passed along these additional design ideas for U.S. paper money. Thanks.
Our paper money is, and has been, identified by the person on it since 1929. I think that is an important factor, one that allows stability. However, it makes adding a new face like Harriet Tubman difficult unless you are willing to part with a familiar face. Like coins, the faces on paper money are the incumbents and newcomers are rarely welcomed. John F. Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea to name a few on the coins since 1909 when we started using people.
In this group of redesigned paper money, while the same seven faces are used, each bill has a different color, a new format, and a new design on the back. Additionally, a new denomination is added using Harriet Tubman.
Only three denominations seem possible to fit in with the current group. A half dollar note like they have in the Bahamas. A twenty-five dollar note. And a two hundred dollar note,
like they have in the EU. I chose to use a twenty-five dollar denomination with Harriet Tubman. She would be the first woman used on a piece of paper money since 1929. She would also be the first black person to be used on paper money since 1929. Additionally, since 1929, we have had twelve different denominations (including the $100,000 note) on small size paper money. A new denomination would be symbolic being the thirteenth denomination.
Would a $25 design fly? Why do we have a $20 bill and a 25 cent coin, anyway? That never seemed right to me, but I think like an engineer.
A new denomination might be an easier sell for a Tubman note, so no existing note has to make way for it. Only the U.S. Treasury can make these decisions, but it's always an entertaining exercise.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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