We will have to wait until 2029 to see Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

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It'll Be Far Past 2020 When We See Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

May 23, 2019

By Cameron Jenkins

A $20 bill featuring the likeness of Harriet Tubman will not become a reality in 2020. It could take way longer, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

During a congressional hearing Wednesday, Mnuchin announced that the changed could be delayed until 2028.

"The primary reason we've looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues," Mnuchin told Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., when she asked about the new bills. "Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand."

Related: Recently Discovered Harriet Tubman Portrait Depicts Abolitionist as Younger Woman

Security features have taken priority for the Treasury Department according to Mnuchin. He told congress the security feature redesign will be completed by 2020, the originally planned release date, but the bill will not feature a new image until later.

"The ultimate decision on the redesign will most likely be another secretary's down the road, " he said.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley responded on Twitter writing "People other than white men built this county. And Sec Mnuchin agrees, yet he refuses to update our #currency. #HarrietTubman #MarianAnderson & #EleanorRoosevelt are iconic Americans & its past time that our reflects that. #RepresentationMatters."

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