Saturday, June 20, 2015

So whose mug should adorn the $10 bill, part 1…

So, do you know who is on the $1 Million bill?
Do you know who is on all US currency?
It’s more than four years away, sometime in 2020, until the unveiling, but that day will be here before you know it. A major decision has to be made before we get there: Which woman in United States history will replace Alexander Hamilton as the face on the ten dollar bill? Or will there be two $10 bills, one with Hamilton and another with the face of a deserving woman?

A new $10 with a new face, that of a woman, will be issued in 2020, but the selection of the new face of money will be made a long time before then. The US Treasury is on a mission to make that determination, searching through social media and any other way to find out who America wants.

Before we get there, though, how about a look at who is now on United States currency:
  • $1: George Washington, our first President and the only portrait required by law on our currency; GW is also on the quarter.
  • $2: Thomas Jefferson, the second president of the USA; he has the nickel too.
  • $5: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President who is also on the penny.
  • $10: Alexander Hamilton, our first US Treasurer; he wanted to be President but lost his only attempt and was later shot in a dual by Aaron Burr
  • $20: Andrew Jackson, our 7th President who is claimed by North Carolina and South Carolina as being born in those states. He’s also on the $1 coin.
  • $50: Ulysses S. Grant, the Yankee General in the War Between The States and who was our 18th President; he’s also on the “fiddy-cent” piece.
  • $100: Ben Franklin, scholar, poet, inventory, idiot for flying a kite in a lightning storm; for a few years he was on the “half dollar” coin, not to be confused the “fiddy-cent” piece.
  • $500: William McKinley, 25th President and one of four US Presidents assassinated (killed) while in office. Can you name the other three? Only two are on US currency. McKinley is also on the gold dollar coin.
  • $1,000: Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th President and the only one two serve non-consecutive terms.
  • $5,000: James Madison, 4th President who died in 1836 in Orange VA, the town where our son was married in 2003.
  • $10,000: Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under Abraham Lincoln, and the 6th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
  • $100,000: Woodrow Wilson, 28th President.
  • $1,000,000: Oops, no one! It's bogus so if you ever receive one don't try to cash it!

Tomorrow, a discussion the historical selection of a woman to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill. Who to choose; how to choose; what is the significance? Does the current generation, ages up to 30, maybe 40, maybe 50, really care?
-------------------- word of the day
cavil (verb) [kav-uh l] to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily

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