Hamilton Might Stay on New $10 Bill, Says Lin-Manuel Miranda, Who Now Holds Sway Over Nation’s Currency

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If Alexander Hamilton gets to be on the $10 bill because of Lin-Manuel Miranda, and no one at the Treasury Department will even look at your Phantom of the Opera $20, the streets will run white with torn cravats and powdered wigs. Hamilton creator Miranda tweeted yesterday that yes, of course, he was in touch with Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, and yes, of course, Lew had intimated to him that Alexander Hamilton would remain on the newly redesigned $10 bill. Lew had formerly said that he would like the redesign to feature a woman, so maybe, maybe a microscopic Hamilton will be tucked in the corner of Susan B. Anthony’s new $10, like how the Illuminati sneaked that tiny owl onto the one.

Per The New York Times, the Treasury clarified Lew’s comments to Miranda, explaining:

The Secretary thanked Miranda for the ingenious way in which he has been able to tell Hamilton’s story and ignite a renewed interest in one of our nation’s founding fathers. Secretary Lew also reiterated his commitment to continue to honor Alexander Hamilton on the 10 dollar bill.

Yeah, so, unless Hamilton is in the sidecar of Harriet Tubman’s time-traveling motorcycle of justice, there is no way everyone is going to be “very happy” with the new design. Even then, they’d probably mess up the googles and old-timey motorcycle helmet. Make his hair blowing the wrong way or something.