If America has a woman on paper money, why not plastic money?: Monday Morning Brief, May 18, 2015

Published : 05/15/15
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The prospect of replacing President Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 Federal Reserve Note has gained a lot of media attention in recent weeks.


Coin World Senior Editor Jeff Starck points to other countries in the world to suggest that perhaps it is also time to make American paper money out of plastic.

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I don't disagree that Andrew Jackson is eminently replaceable on the $20 bill, as either his treatment of Native Americans or his antagonism against the Second Bank of the U.S.(which contributed to a serious economic depression) , separately or together, seem to make him an inappropriate choice for the "workhorse" currency note of our economy. I have two ideas... How about an engraved representation of the standing liberty obverse from Saint Gaudens' famous coin of the same denomination (with his majestic flying eagle on the back?). If properly done, it could be a very impressive looking note. Second suggestion...discontinue the $1 note and move George Washington to the $20, perhaps with a rendering of Mt. Vernon on the back? George more than any other historical figure deserves a place in our currency lineup and we are constantly being told the $1 note is endangered. As a nod to the ladies, perhaps he could be joined by Martha, who is among the most recognizable and respected women from our history. She is incidentally the only woman to thus far appear on U.S. Currency, hence a historical precedent for a bill with both portraits of both Washingtons: the 1896 $1 silver certificate.