It’s all about the Tubmans

Occasional media hype notwithstanding, I have yet to encounter any serious objections to putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill; I certainly don’t have any. I have seen some studied indifference, though:

This makes me no never mind. I rarely use cash any more and I can’t remember the last time I had a twenty in my wallet. If the government wanted an African-American in that slot, I would have opted for Martin Luther King or even Jackie Robinson. Say what you want, both men changed this country for the better.

Do you want to keep Andrew Jackson around? Put him on the half-dollar coin which the US still insists on minting for some reason; the only reason Kennedy’s on there is because he got his brains blown out in Dallas back in ’63.

The half-dollar exists mostly, I believe, as a unit of measure for hail: it neatly splits the difference between quarter-size hail and ping-pong ball-size hail. I haven’t actually seen a half-dollar actually being used as money, such as it is, in years.



  1. Mac »

    29 April 2016 · 5:47 pm

    If the $20 weren’t being used to tick two checkboxes on the diversity list, Frederick Douglass would have been my choice, as he was speaking out against slavery while Jackson was still alive — but I am perfectly happy with Miss Tubman aside from preferring the depiction of her leading escaped slaves, gun in hand.

    As for removing presidents from coinage, I vote we pick a new face for the dime.

  2. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    29 April 2016 · 8:12 pm

    Last time I tried to get a fifty-cent piece, Bank of America informed me I needed to put in an order in advance. I haven’t seen any in circulation since that time, which was years ago. And I never look at my paper money, except to count the number of twenties BofA gives me when I withdraw $100.

  3. ETat »

    30 April 2016 · 8:50 am

    Georganna: most sensible (not looking at paper money); well – nobody does, if they are sane and have no idee fix.

    But I am sitll curious: why would you try to get a $.50 piece from the bank?

  4. ETat »

    30 April 2016 · 8:53 am

    Last time I had fifty-cent coin in my hands was when I’ve got a change from a vending machine in a drugstore that gives you more concise money for a bug of pennies.
    That was 4 years ago.

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