|Weight||Approx. 1 g|
|Security features||Security fibers, security thread, watermark, color shifting ink, microprinting, raised printing, EURion constellation|
|Years of printing||1861–present|
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.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).
(approximately 7.4218 × 3.125 in ≅ 189 × 79 mm)
(6.14 in × 2.61 in ≅ 156 mm × 66 mm)
|National Bank Note Types 1 & 2||1929||Jones||Woods||Brown|
|Federal Reserve Bank Note||1928A||Jones||Woods||Brown|
|Silver Certificate||1934 North Africa||Julian||Morgenthau||Yellow|
|Silver Certificate||1934A North Africa||Julian||Morgenthau||Yellow|
|Federal Reserve Note||1928||Tate||Mellon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1928A||Woods||Mellon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1928B||Woods||Mellon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1928C||Woods||Mills||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934||Julian||Morgenthau||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934 Hawaii||Julian||Morgenthau||Brown|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934A||Julian||Morgenthau||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934A Hawaii||Julian||Morgenthau||Brown|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934B||Julian||Vinson||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934C||Julian||Snyder||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1934D||Clark||Snyder||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950||Clark||Snyder||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950A||Priest||Humphrey||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950B||Priest||Anderson||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950C||Smith||Dillon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950D||Granahan||Dillon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1950E||Granahan||Fowler||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1963||Granahan||Dillon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1963A||Granahan||Fowler||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1969||Elston||Kennedy||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1969A||Kabis||Connally||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1969B||Bañuelos||Connally||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1969C||Bañuelos||Shultz||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1974||Neff||Simon||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1977||Morton||Blumenthal||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1977A||Morton||Miller||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1981||Buchanan||Regan||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1981A||Ortega||Regan||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1985||Ortega||Baker||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1988A||Villalpando||Brady||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1990||Villalpando||Brady||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1993||Withrow||Bentsen||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1995||Withrow||Rubin||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||1999||Withrow||Summers||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2001||Marin||O'Neill||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2003||Marin||Snow||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2004A||Cabral||Snow||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2006||Cabral||Paulson||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2009||Rios||Geithner||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2013||Rios||Lew||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2017||Carranza||Mnuchin||Green|
|Federal Reserve Note||2017A||Carranza||Mnuchin||Green|
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.
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.The redesigned ten-dollar bill was to be the first U.S. note to incorporate tactile features to assist those with visual disabilities.
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.
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.
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."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.
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This Note is a Legal Tender for all debts public and private except Duties on Imports and Interest on the Public Debt; and is receivable in payment of all loans made to the United States.
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The United States twenty-dollar bill ($20) is a denomination of U.S. currency. A portrait of Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president (1829–1837), has been featured on the obverse of the bill since 1928; the White House is featured on the reverse.
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The United States two-dollar bill ($2) is a current denomination of United States currency. A portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States (1801–1809), is featured on the obverse of the note. The reverse features an engraving of the c. 1818 painting Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.
American Security Bank likes to boast in its commercials that it's "Right on the money"—"the money" in this case being a $10 bill. If you look on the back of one you'll see the Treasury Building and to its right the tiny American Security bank building.