This Just In…..Duke Ellington is Money

artdukecoin Famed jazz musician and piano player Duke Ellington will become the first African-American to grace a U.S. coin. Beginning in May, Ellington will assume his position on the flip-side of a Quarter (above) coin as part of a series of state-specific quarters nationwide. Ellington’s coin honors Washingon, DC and he assumes his about-face position after a vote of D.C. residents, beating out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.

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