August Kleinzahler has written a short piece  in the LRB blog about a movement to replace the image of President Grant on the obverse face of the $50 bill with one of Ronald Reagan.  He shows an artist’s impression of what this change might look like.  The Republican congressman who is pushing Reagan said, according to Kleinzahler, that “every generation needs its own heroes”.  It’s not a bad idea, and I propose reworking the entire US monetary system’s hall of fame, starting with Thelonius Monk on the dollar bill:

He will be replacing George Washington, a man with wooden prosthetic teeth.  You can see that Monk had a brilliant smile, and why should spending money be a miserable experience?  This change could encourage spending; it might in a small way help the US economy.