US Treasury: Announcement about woman on $10 bill soon

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2005 file photo, Thomas Ferguson, Director for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, holds a new $10 note after its unveiling on Ellis Island, New York. The announcement in June 2015 that the $10 dollar bill’s redesign would replace Hamilton with a woman was welcomed but questioned. Some have asked: Couldn’t the more controversial, slave-owning President Andrew Jackson be removed from the $20 bill instead? (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews,File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he is getting closer to announcing a decision on who will be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in more than a century. He says even though the woman selected will go on the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton will still be honored.

“Alexander Hamilton is one of my heroes. He’s not leaving our money,” Lew says in an interview broadcast Tuesday on the “Charlie Rose” program.

Hamilton is currently on the $10 bill and his supporters, including new fans attracted by the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” have mounted a lobbying campaign to convince Lew not to dislodge Hamilton’s portrait from the $10 bill.

Lew did not say how he planned to honor Hamilton as part of his plan to modernize the nation’s currency.

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