What Our Currency Says About Us
With the $10 bill set for a redesign, the Treasury Department is emphasizing what our money says about our society.By Sebastian Martinez | June 18, 2015
"U.S. currency and the images of great leaders and landmarks that our notes depict has long been a way for us to honor our past, express our values and capture the prevailing sentiment of the time," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday.
When he announced the $10 bill would be featuring a woman's portrait, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew emphasized that our currency says something about our contemporary society. (Video via U.S. Department of the Treasury)
But most of the figures currently featured on our major bills have been there for more than 100 years, and not all of them have necessarily held up to public scrutiny.