The $20 bill has been the subject of quite a lot of controversy lately. President Andrew Jackson’s visage has graced the bill ever since 1928, but in 2016, plans were announced to replace him on the bill with an image of abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently announced, however, that the plans for the 2020 rollout of the Tubman bill would be delayed at least 8 years due to concerns about counterfeiting.
And people are not happy about it.
Today in the @WashingtonPost:
“Backpedaling on putting the first African American woman on paper money tells women and girls and people of color that they don’t — and never have — mattered.”
The Admin’s decision is unacceptable, they must reconsider it.https://t.co/q7qQzr3hG3
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) May 24, 2019
Mnuchin’s excuse for delaying the Harriet Tubman $20 bill is insulting – The Washington Post https://t.co/85I3fdOmNO
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) May 24, 2019
And, of course, The Onion weighed in on the issue with this brilliant headline.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 23, 2019
But then the story took an unexpected turn.
An artist named Dano Wall took it upon himself to create a stamp that replaces Jackson’s face on the $20 bill with Tubman’s likeness.
— tubmanstamp (@tubmanstamp) March 16, 2019
As you can see, the Tubman stamp perfectly fits over the image of Jackson. Wall is calling the use of the Tubman stamp an act of “civil disobedience.”
“I was inspired by the news that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, and subsequently saddened by the news that the Trump administration was walking back that plan. So I created a stamp to convert Jacksons into Tubmans myself. I have been stamping $20 bills and entering them into circulation for the last year, and gifting stamps to friends to do the same.”
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Do civil disobedience in high style. These gold-steel and nickel-steel stamp handles are 3D printed using a process called “selective laser sintering” (SLS) that results in a beautifully detailed and completely solid metal object. . . . . #tubmanstamp #civildisobedience #tubmantwenty #tubman20 #harriettubman #womenonmoney #stampyour20s @shapeways #shapeways #3dprinting #caddesign @etsy @etsyhunter
Wall added, “My goal is to get 5,000 stamps out there. If there are 5,000 people consistently stamping currency, we could get a significant percent of circulating $20 bills (with the Tubman) stamp, at which point it would be impossible to ignore.”
The artist also said he’s been careful to avoid any legal issues: “The basic gist of it is you can’t render a bill illegible. You can’t cover any text or numbers or anything on it to serve as an advertisement. … Anything outside of that — if the bill is still fit for circulation is fine. You can write on it and mark in any way.”
The stamps that Wall designed are currently sold out on Etsy ,but it looks like there are a bunch of other options as well (take a look at THIS PAGE). And I’m sure Wall will have more back up soon!