Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Via The BBC:
Musician Duke Ellington has become the first black American to feature prominently on a US coin.
The jazz composer and performer will be pictured seated at the piano on the 25 cent piece.The coin is one of a series showing America’s states. Ellington’s coin represents the District of Columbia where was born. African Americans have featured on commemorative coins but Ellington’s quarter will be in everyday use.