That’s how you make a state quarter


DC gets it’s own quarter and it pays tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Makes me wish more states (Alabama, no less, being the other with a tribute to Helen Keller) honored their famous citizenry rather than the obligatory state outline, or tourist attraction.

If you’re planning on running to your local bank to get a coin or two, don’t — the Mint informed us that most banks won’t get a hold of the commemorative piece until next week at least. Collectors can order a two-roll set or a 100-coin bag for $32.95 plus shipping online (or a 1000-coin bag for $309.95, more details here), or you can head down to 801 9th Street NW and use the Mint’s handy change machine to get the quarters $1 or $5 at a time.

Here he is with his orchestra playing “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If You Ain’t Got that Swing)”

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