CU Alert! Currency with Stamped Image of Harriet Tubman Appearing in Circulation

As a political protest to the delay of the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill until 2028, people are using a 3-D stamp to superimpose a portrait of Tubman over Andrew Jackson’s portrait. These bills are appearing in circulation and are even being presented to credit unions.  The 3-D stamps are available for purchase online at ETSY, or plans can be downloaded for printing out the stamp using a 3-D printer.

In 2016, then U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had announced plans to add Tubman to the front of the $20 bill and move Jackson to the back and had instructed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to expedite the redesign. The new bill was expected to enter circulation sometime after 2020, but currently has been delayed.

Tubman was a prominent abolitionist, who was born into slavery and escaped, and later helped liberate other slaves along the Underground Railroad. Trump has often praised President Andrew Jackson, who is currently displayed on the $20. Advocates have campaigned for Jackson’s replacement due to his policies persecuting Native Americans and other matters.

Current U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said in May 2019 that the bill was delayed because anti-counterfeiting measures would not be ready for a 2020 release in response to questions from Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., at a House Financial Services Committee hearing.