In response to the pit thread on dollar coins, suppose you were given control of American currency. You have to redo American bills on a polymer-plastic like the Australians and you have to forego dollar bills in exchange for $1 and $2 coins. You can keep all of the people who are now on currency or you can totally change it up.
Change who is depicted on currency?
If so, who would you add to the currency (picturewise)?
How colorful would you go?
Would you have photographs or full-color artwork on the new currency?
Would you make each denomination a different color?
Same size as now or a smaller/larger size (assume the vending machines and all will recognize the new size)?
Curious to see suggestions.
I’ll just answer the who I’d put on currency part-
I’d probably replace Andrew Jackson with a Native American. Since Pocahontas is the first one in our history who we have a likeness of (this 1891 portrait is Anglo-idealized from an 18th century engraving of a now lostcontemporary drawing) and because she was the first woman ever to appear on U.S. currency I’d go with her for historical reasons.
I’d replace Grant on the $50 with FDR, with a newly commissioned mural of the Depression and WW2 era for the reverse.
For the hundred dollar bill— hmm. I like Franklin a lot, but… nah, no but, he can stay. But the $20 bill I’d issue in several denominations, each valid, with a more diverse number of obverses- MLK perhaps, or it could be voted upon.
Anyway, how would you mix it up?