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American Women Who Have Appeared on US Money

By    |   Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 05:10 PM

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced in June 2015 that a woman will soon grace the $10 bill, but while it's the first instance of having a woman depicted on a modern dollar bill, it's not the first time a woman has appeared on American money.

Though a new $10 bill is planned to be released in 2020 with a woman replacing Alexander Hamilton, it will not be the first time a female is represented on money.

The new $10 bill, which will feature both a woman and Alexander Hamilton, will be released in 2020.

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Several American women have already been featured on coins:

1. Sacagawea
The Native American guide who took explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was engraved onto the dollar coin by Glenna Goodacre, who also made the Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue in Washington, D.C. The Sacagawea "golden dollar" coin started being minted in 1999, and while it's not currently being produced, it's still in circulation.

2. Susan B. Anthony
Anthony is a well-known suffragist who also fought for abolition and was a leader at the Seneca Falls Conference. This dollar coin was minted from 1979 to 1981 and again in 1999.

3. Helen Keller
Keller is known for her perseverance as she struggled through being both deaf and blind. She was featured on the back of the Alabama quarter in 2003.

4. First Spouse Cold Coins
In 2007, the U.S. Mint began releasing $10 gold coins depicting the spouses of past American presidents. If a president did not have a wife, the coin depicts an "image emblematic of Liberty." In 2015, Elizabeth Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson were featured on coins. Though four coins have been released per year so far, in 2016, only three coins — with Patricia Ryan "Pat" Nixon, Elizabeth Bloomer "Betty" Ford, and Nancy Regan — are scheduled to be minted.

5. Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Shriver was the sister of President Robert F. Kennedy and founded Camp Shriver in 1962, which eventually evolved into the Special Olympics, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities to be active and participate in sports. She was engraved onto a silver dollar in 1995.

6. Eleanor Dare and Virginia Dare
Mother and daughter, these two were a couple of the individuals who mysteriously disappeared in the "Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island. Eleanor was one of a few women who left England on the Roanoke expedition in 1587. The pair were engraved onto the North Carolina half dollar in 1937.

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7. Martha Washington
Washington was featured on her first spouse golden coin, but before that she also appeared on silver certificates in 1886, 1891, and 1896, making her the only woman to have appeared on a piece of paper money so far.

8. Queen Isabella of Spain
Though not an American, this royal was featured on the Columbian Exposition quarter in 1893 because she and her husband paid the way for Christopher Columbus’s first voyage west when he “discovered” the new world

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced in June 2015 that a woman will soon grace the $10 bill, but while it's the first instance of having a woman depicted on a modern dollar bill, it's not the first time a woman has appeared on American money.
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