Coming Soon to Our Dollar Bills?

Jack Lew's signature is ... unique
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Coming Soon to Our Dollar Bills?
That's Jack Lew's signature.   (

Jacob (Jack) Lew is expected to replace Tim Geithner as treasury secretary, but much of the related chatter today is about his signature rather than fiscal policy. Why? Because as Kevin Roose at Daily Intel points out, the signature that might soon be gracing our paper currency looks like a "Slinky that has lost its spring." He might have to make it more legible, as Tim Geithner did, but here's what others are saying in the meantime about the Lew scrawl:

  • "Obviously, that would turn American currency into the best money ever," writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post.
  • It's "a series of looped scribbles that resembles the markings left on a notepad when you can’t seem to get your pen working," writes Oliver Cox at MSNBC.
  • "It's logical. It flows. And its organic symmetry is reminiscent, vaguely, of the Guilloché patterns that decorate banknotes all over the world," writes JK Trotter at Atlantic Wire.
  • "Lew's signature can best be described as a series of loops and squiggles that bear no resemblance to the actual characters in his name," writes Emily Jane Fox at CNNMoney.
(More Jack Lew stories.)

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