When the U.S. Treasury Department says it seeks a noteworthy woman for its next $10 bill, it means quite literally that. Now, it seems, the Treasury is seeking more time as well.

The Treasury announced plans in June to revamp the $10 banknote, declaring that the new bill, to enter circulation after 2020, will for the first time feature a distinguished woman who honours the theme of democracy.

“By the end of the year, we plan to unveil our decision,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pledged at the time. But with the deadline approaching, an unexpected wave of suggestions to an open call for ideas, and public outcry to the thought of demoting — though not entirely removing — Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the department said Friday it is pushing back its deadline.

A mock-up redesign of a $20 bill replaces seventh U.S. president Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and human-rights champion Harriet Tubman. The redesign of the $20 was proposed by the group Women On 20s, but the U.S. Treasury says it is instead focused on revamping the $10 note, which is due for an update for security reasons. (Women On 20s)

A mock-up redesign of a $20 bill replaces seventh U.S. president Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and human-rights champion Harriet Tubman. The redesign of the $20 was proposed by the group Women On 20s, but the U.S. Treasury says it is instead focused on revamping the $10 note, which is due for an update for security reasons. (Women On 20s)

“As a result of the tremendous amount of engagement, we have many more ideas than we had originally anticipated,” a Treasury spokeswoman said in a statement. “Therefore, we are taking additional time to carefully review and consider a range of options to honour the theme of democracy as well as the notable contributions women have made to our country.”

Lew has previously said Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill, and the revered former chief aide to Gen. George Washington is undergoing his own Broadway revival at the moment as well as remaining “a hero” to the Treasury as the first secretary of the department.

The announcement of the female icon who will serve as a main portrait on the new $10 bill is now expected to come in the new year.

That hasn’t stopped the bookies from setting their odds.

The list of those who might split the bill with him, so to speak, include women’s suffragist Susan B. Anthony, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, former slave turned African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller and civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

The website betfair.com projected former first lady and human-rights champion Eleanor Roosevelt would become the face of the new $10 note. The website sportsbet.com had abolitionist and women’s suffragist Harriet Tubman as the favourite, at 3/1 odds.

(Less conventional betting choices offered online have included Oprah, Marilyn Monroe and Kim Kardashian.)