|Front of bill: 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton|
|Back of bill: the U.S. Treasury|
The newest $10 bill entered circulation in 2006. The front side features red background images of the Statue of Liberty’s torch, the phrase WE THE PEOPLE from the United States Constitution, a smaller metallic representation of the Statue of Liberty’s torch, orange and yellow background color, a border-less portrait of Hamilton, and to the left of Hamilton small yellow 10s whose zeros form the EURion constellation. (A pattern that helps software detect the presence of a banknote in a digital image, to prevent counterfeiting using color photocopiers.)
Ten dollar bills, notes, and certificates have gone through dozens of changes through the years. Alexander Hamilton is the face on the current bill, but over the years other bills have featured Abraham Lincoln, Salmon P. Chase, Daniel Webster & Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris (an American merchant and a signer to the United States Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution), Thomas A. Hendricks (U.S. Representative and a Senator from Indiana, a Governor of Indiana, and the twenty-first Vice President of the United States), General Philip Sheridan, Meriwether Lewis - William Clark - and Black Diamond, an American Bison, Michael Hillegas (the first Treasurer of the United States), and Andrew Jackson. Alexander Hamilton finally took over the bill in 1929.
|The 1901 ten dollar bill, featuring Lewis & Clark, and an American Bison|
Between 2001 and 2004, various members of the United States Congress introduced bills that would replace the portrait of Hamilton with a portrait of Ronald Reagan. None of the bills were enacted.