United States ten-dollar bill

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Ten dollars
(United States)
Width156 mm
Height66.3 mm
WeightApprox. 1 [1]  g
Security featuresSecurity fibers, security thread, watermark, color shifting ink, microprinting, raised printing, EURion constellation
Material used Cotton-linen
Years of printing1861–present
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Design Alexander Hamilton
Design date2006
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Design U.S. Treasury
Design date2006

The United States ten-dollar bill ($10) is a denomination of U.S. currency. The obverse of the bill features the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, who served as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. The reverse features the U.S. Treasury Building. All $10 bills issued today are Federal Reserve Notes.


As of December 2018, the average life of a $10 bill in circulation is 5.3 years before it is replaced due to wear. [2] Ten-dollar bills are delivered by Federal Reserve Banks in yellow straps.

The source of the portrait on the $10 bill is John Trumbull's 1805 painting of Hamilton that belongs to the portrait collection of New York City Hall. The $10 bill is unique in that it is the only denomination in circulation in which the portrait faces to the left. It also features one of two non-presidents on currently issued U.S. bills, the other being Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill. Hamilton is also the only person not born in the continental United States or British America (he was from the West Indies) currently depicted on U.S. paper currency; three others have been depicted in the past: Albert Gallatin, Switzerland ($500 1862/63 Legal Tender), George Meade, Spain ($1,000 1890/91 Treasury Note), and Robert Morris, England ($1,000 1862/63 Legal Tender; $10 1878/80 Silver Certificate).

Large size note history

(approximately 7.4218 × 3.125 in ≅ 189 × 79 mm)

1805 portrait of Hamilton by John Trumbull Hamilton Trumbull - 1805.jpg
1805 portrait of Hamilton by John Trumbull
1863 $10 Legal Tender note US-$10-LT-1863-Fr-95b.jpg
1863 $10 Legal Tender note
1880 $10 Legal Tender US-$10-LT-1880-Fr-102.jpg
1880 $10 Legal Tender
Series 1880 $10 silver certificate. US-$10-SC-1880-Fr-287.jpg
Series 1880 $10 silver certificate.
Series 1901 $10 Legal Tender depicting military explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and an American bison. US-$10-LT-1901-Fr.114.jpg
Series 1901 $10 Legal Tender depicting military explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and an American bison.
1914 $10 Federal Reserve Note US-$10-FRN-1914-Fr-919a.jpg
1914 $10 Federal Reserve Note

Small size note history

Series 1928 $10 Gold Certificate US-$10-GC-1928-Fr-2400.jpg
Series 1928 $10 Gold Certificate
1934 A Federal Reserve $10 Note US $10 1934 Note Front.jpg
1934 A Federal Reserve $10 Note
Hawaii overprint note. US-$10-FRN-1934-A-Fr.2303.jpg
Hawaii overprint note.
The first 1953 $10 Silver Certificate printed (Smithsonian). US-$10-SC-1953-Fr.1706.jpg
The first 1953 $10 Silver Certificate printed (Smithsonian).

(6.14 in × 2.61 in156 mm × 66 mm)

Series dates

Small size

TypeSeries Register Treasurer Seal
National Bank Note Types 1 & 21929 Jones Woods Brown
Federal Reserve Bank Note 1928AJonesWoodsBrown
TypeSeries Treasurer Secretary Seal
Gold Certificate 1928 Woods Mellon Gold
Silver Certificate 1933 Julian Woodin Blue
Silver Certificate1934Julian Morgenthau Blue
Silver Certificate1934 North AfricaJulianMorgenthauYellow
Silver Certificate1934AJulianMorgenthauBlue
Silver Certificate1934A North AfricaJulianMorgenthauYellow
Silver Certificate1934BJulian Vinson Blue
Silver Certificate1934CJulian Snyder Blue
Silver Certificate1934D Clark SnyderBlue
Silver Certificate1953 Priest Humphrey Blue
Silver Certificate1953APriest Anderson Blue
Silver Certificate1953B Smith Dillon Blue
Federal Reserve Note 1928 Tate MellonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1928AWoodsMellonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1928BWoodsMellonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1928CWoodsMillsGreen
Federal Reserve Note1934JulianMorgenthauGreen
Federal Reserve Note1934 HawaiiJulianMorgenthauBrown
Federal Reserve Note1934AJulianMorgenthauGreen
Federal Reserve Note1934A HawaiiJulianMorgenthauBrown
Federal Reserve Note1934BJulianVinsonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1934CJulianSnyderGreen
Federal Reserve Note1934DClarkSnyderGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950ClarkSnyderGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950APriestHumphreyGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950BPriestAndersonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950CSmithDillonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950D Granahan DillonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1950EGranahan Fowler Green
Federal Reserve Note1963GranahanDillonGreen
Federal Reserve Note1963AGranahanFowlerGreen
Federal Reserve Note1969 Elston Kennedy Green
Federal Reserve Note1969A Kabis Connally Green
Federal Reserve Note1969B Bañuelos ConnallyGreen
Federal Reserve Note1969CBañuelos Shultz Green
Federal Reserve Note1974 Neff Simon Green
Federal Reserve Note1977 Morton Blumenthal Green
Federal Reserve Note1977AMorton Miller Green
Federal Reserve Note1981 Buchanan Regan Green
Federal Reserve Note1981A Ortega ReganGreen
Federal Reserve Note1985Ortega Baker Green
Federal Reserve Note1988A Villalpando Brady Green
Federal Reserve Note1990VillalpandoBradyGreen
Federal Reserve Note1993 Withrow Bentsen Green
Federal Reserve Note1995Withrow Rubin Green
Federal Reserve Note1999Withrow Summers Green
Federal Reserve Note2001 Marin O'Neill Green
Federal Reserve Note2003Marin Snow Green
Federal Reserve Note2004A Cabral SnowGreen
Federal Reserve Note2006Cabral Paulson Green
Federal Reserve Note2009 Rios Geithner Green
Federal Reserve Note2013Rios Lew Green
Federal Reserve Note2017 Carranza Mnuchin Green
Federal Reserve Note2017ACarranzaMnuchinGreen

Rejected redesign and new 2020 bill

On June 17, 2015, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that a woman's portrait would be featured on a redesigned ten-dollar bill by 2020. The Department of Treasury was seeking the public's input on who should appear on the new bill during the design phase. [9]

Removal of Hamilton was controversial. Many believed that Hamilton, as the first Secretary of the Treasury, should remain on U.S. Currency in some form, all the while thinking that U.S. Currency was long overdue to feature a female historical figure – names that had been raised included Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony. This led to the Treasury Department stating that Hamilton would remain on the bill in some way. The $10 bill was chosen because it was scheduled for a regular security redesign, a years-long process. [10] The redesigned ten-dollar bill was to be the first U.S. note to incorporate tactile features to assist those with visual disabilities. [11]

On April 20, 2016, it was announced that Alexander Hamilton would remain the primary face on the $10 bill, due in part to the sudden popularity of the first Treasury Secretary after the success of the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton. It was simultaneously announced that Harriet Tubman's likeness would appear on the $20 bill while Andrew Jackson would now appear on the reverse with the White House. [12]

The design for the reverse of the new $10 bill was set to feature the heroines of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the United States, including Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and the participants of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession who marched in Washington D.C. in favor of full voting rights for American women. [13]

On August 31, 2017, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he would not commit to putting Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill, explaining "People have been on the bills for a long period of time. This is something we’ll consider; right now we have a lot more important issues to focus on." [14] According to a Bureau of Engraving and Printing spokesperson, the next redesigned bill will be the ten-dollar bill, not set to be released into circulation until at least 2026. Because of this, it appears that a redesigned twenty-dollar bill featuring Tubman might not be released until years after the original 2020 release date. [15] [16]

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