Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New $10 Bill

The news is there will be a woman on the new $10 bill. So Alexander Hamilton will be thrown off the current version. When you look at it, his portrait actually came out nice.

The first woman to appear on our currency was Martha Washington. She was on a $1 bill.

Lady Liberty has appeared on more than one piece of coinage. Here is the Mercury dime—a misnomer, since Lady Liberty was mistaken for the Roman god Mercury, and so the dime is known by a popular but mistaken name.

I actually don’t think it would have to be a woman on the $10 bill. Before you throw brickbats at me, it would have been a worthy goal to have a different shade of man on there—perhaps Frederick Douglass, or put Chief Joseph on the $20 bill. Don’t know who they are? Read a book.

So, who should be on the new $10 bill? Since ships are referred to as “she,” perhaps the Mayflower.

by William Halsall
public domain

Or there’s Captain Kirk’s favorite woman.

photo by Julo

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