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Duke Ellington First Solo Black On U.S. Coin In Circulation


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.

The coin was issued to celebrate Ellington's birthplace, the District of Columbia.

Duke Ellington - Perdido (1964)