Duke is first African-American to solo on U.S. circulating coin

Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps, a philosopher once rhymed. But now something different. The United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin. Ellington, the composer of classics including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” appears on the “tails” side of the new D.C. quarter. George Washington is on the “heads” side, as is usual with U.S. quarters. Read more here.

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