Stamp Puts Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill After Trump Admin Stalls Official Plans
This stamp is putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill after the Trump administration put the official bill on hold.
New York designer Dano Wall created the Harriet Tubman stamp to be used for superimposing Tubman’s portrait on $20 bills. The stamp replaces Andrew Jackson, who signed the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which forced more than 60,000 Native Americans from their land and onto the Trail of Tears.
“My goal is to get 5,000 stamps out there,” he explained. “If there are 5,000 people consistently stamping currency, we could get a significant percent of circulating $20 bills [with the Tubman] stamp, at which point it would be impossible to ignore.”
Wall began making the stamps in 2017, using the images of the icon who would have gone on the $20 bill had the Trump administration not delayed the redesign until 2028, citing ‘counterfeiting issues” for the wait.
Tubman escaped slavery from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and helped lead hundreds of others to freedom along the underground Railroad.
Wall started selling the stamps on Etsy in October 2018 and has since sold more than 600. Because the bills are not destroyed, fraudulent, or used for advertising, the practice of stamping them is legal.