Hamilton to stay on $10, Tubman goes on $20

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You can score this one as a victory for Broadway.

The US Treasury is expected to announce this afternoon that Alexander Hamilton will keep his place on the $10 bill. The news comes after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was hit with a Broadway-fueled backlash over his plans to put a woman on the front of a new edition of the $10 bill due to go into circulation in 2020, reports Shawn Donnan in Washington.

The Treasury declined to confirm reports about Mr Hamilton remaining on the $10 bill. But a treasury official said it would announce this afternoon that Harriet Tubman, the Civil War era abolitionist, will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The backlash against Lew’s plans to put a woman on the face of the $10 bill instead of Hamilton, creator of the US treasury and arguably the country’s modern financial system, was fueled by the popularity of “Hamilton”, the hip-hop Broadway musical which this week won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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