JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The face on the $20 bill may not be changing for a while, but that is not stopping a Jacksonville company from helping a movement go viral.
“We’re up to about 5,000 units that we’ve sold throughout the United States and throughout the world,” Holmes Custom president Bryan Croft said.
Croft’s family has been in the stamp business for 65 years and has a finger on the pulse of what may sell.
"Create more stamps, create more revenue, create more jobs here in Jacksonville ultimately,” Croft said.
The stamp featuring Harriet Tubman appeared in early June after employees of Holmes Custom suggested to Croft they should get in on the trend.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the plan to replace President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman may not happen until 2028. A full 10 years after the change was first proposed.
The On Your Side team verified with the U.S. Secret Service thst it is legal to stamp over currency, but not "mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together."
Now the stamps, which retails for under $20, are flying off Croft’s shelves.
“So we have one right here going to Austin, Texas here we go,” he said.
The movement is not just on money. A picture of Tubman was placed by someone over a Jacksonville sewer cover leading to a highly viewed Facebook post. An artist said she received a cease and desist order from the City of Jacksonville though did not say if she was involved.
First Coast News also reached out to The Hermitage – President Jackson’s homestead and archive in Tennessee.
“We support efforts to diversify the representation on U.S. currency to include women and other groups not currently featured. As keepers of Andrew Jackson’s story, we are also dedicated to reminding us all why there was an Age of Jackson, who he was, and why he was revered by so many," Howard J. Kittell, President and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation said.
Croft added that he is not taking sides on the issue, just doing what he can to keep business booming.
“Our role as business owners is kind of fill the need for customers that want rubber stamps, so this just happens to be a pretty good wind that we’re experiencing right now,” he said.