D.C. Gains a Coin…and Maybe a Place in Congress
On February 24, the United States Mint released the District of Columbia quarter, featuring jazz great Duke Ellington on the tails side. This is the first time that an African-American has been featured on a general circulation (non-commemorative) U.S. coin. The design had been the subject of controversy because the Mint rejected the District’s request that the coin include the motto “Taxation without Representation,” a reference to the fact that the 590,000 residents of D.C. pay taxes, but do not have a voting seat in Congress. The District of Columbia has a larger population than the state of Wyoming.
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