Change is in the air for paper currency in the US, but it’s not the first time the government has replaced the portraits of the $10 and $20 bills.

Andrew Jackson once graced the front of the $10 note, but in 1928, he was selected to replace Grover Cleveland on the $20, according to the Washington Post. In 1929, Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury Department, was elevated to the front of the $10 bill.

Most of the seven denominations issued by the Treasury underwent redesigns for anticounterfeiting purposes starting in 2003, but the portraits remained the same.


Last year, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that a redesign of the $10 bill would feature the first woman on the nation’s paper money in more than century. But that was before the Pulitzer-winning musical “Hamilton” became a Broadway hit. Instead, a woman will replace Jackson on the $20 bill — specifically, Harriet Tubman.

Material from the Associated Press and The New York Times was used in this report. Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.