Report: $20 redesign was underway well before the delay

By Hamza Shaban | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – The work to redesign the $20 bill and affix an image of Harriet Tubman as its centerpiece was well underway before the Trump administration delayed the plans, according to a new report from the New York Times.

Efforts to redesign the bill were advanced enough for officials at the Secret Service and government engravers to review a metal engraving plate and a digital image of the Tubman mock-up as recently as May 2018, the report said.

The report cited current and former sources at the Treasury Department, which oversees the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Times also included a preliminary image it obtained from a former Treasury official, completed in late 2016, of what a new $20 bill could look like, featuring Tubman “in a dark coat with a wide collar and a white scarf,” the report said.

Here’s an early design of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill created by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Steven Mnuchin said designs would be delayed until 2026 and a future Treasury secretary will decide who’s on the face of the note.

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The bureau disputed these events and said that new Secret Service agents routinely visit the bureau for training purposes. “A training class would never be in the position to review a preliminary currency design, let alone something advanced,” a spokesman said.

A delay in the redesign of the $20 bill was motivated by concerns of a potential backlash from President Trump, according to the Times report: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin chose a timeline extending beyond Trump’s presidency to avoid the possibility of an explosive controversy, fearing that the president who has disparaged the redesign would cancel the plans altogether.

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