US Treasury: 2020 deadline for Harriet Tubman $20 bill not possible

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling "completely erroneous" a published report that an initial 2020 deadline for completing the design of a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman could have been met.

Mnuchin told a congressional committee last month that the redesign of the $20 bill featuring Tubman, a 19th century abolitionist leader, had to be delayed.

But The New York Times on Friday published an image of a $20 bill featuring Tubman which it said it had obtained from a former Treasury Department official. The image depicts Tubman in a dark coat with a wide collar and a white scarf.

The newspaper said the design process was far enough along that the Trump administration likely could have met the original 2020 deadline.