Points for Penmanship

The Best and Worst Treasury Secretary Signatures (Photos)

The good, the loopy, and the indecipherable. A look at which Treasury secretaries were right on the money.

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The White House/AP

Get ready to see this beauty on your cash every time you go to the ATM. It really makes one wonder if President Obama had ever seen Jack Lew's signature before tapping him to be the next Treasury secretary. As Lew prepares to take over, The Daily Beast looks back at the prettier signatures that came before him.

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Timothy Geithner

Sure, it looks nice now, but Timothy Geithner's signature was not always so pretty. In an interview last year, he admitted that his signature before he went to the Treasury was illegible and he had to create a new one. "Well, I think on the dollar bill I had to write something where people could read my name. That’s the rationale," he said.

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Henry Paulson

Henry Paulson's signature is pretty, even though it looks more like he signed his name "Harry Potter," which, given that he was Treasury secretary at the height of Pottermania, is not inconceivable.

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John W. Snow

Winter is coming and you know nothing John W. Snow. Game of Thrones anyone?

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Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill's signature is sharp, scribbly, and sort of dancing on the line of illegible. Perhaps it was that life-changing trip to Africa with Bono that muddied the waters a bit.

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Robert Rubin

We are pretty sure "Robert Rubin" is written in there somewhere.

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Lawrence Summers

Good news for Jack Lew: even if your signature is not perfect, it's still possible to become president of Harvard if the whole Treasury secretary thing does not work out.