[JPL] Hey, can you spare a Duke quarter?

E. Flashner eflash73 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 13:49:09 EST 2009


That's great !!

- Flash

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM, Dr. Jazz <drjazz at drjazz.com> wrote:

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> The District of Columbia quarter is the first of 2009 and the first in the
> District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. The District of
> Columbia, created in 1790, became the Nation's capital on December 1, 1800.
> The 10-square-mile site, originally part of Maryland and Virginia, was
> chosen personally by President George Washington to fulfill the need for a
> new Federal district that would not be part of any state. The District of
> Columbia quarter reverse features native son Duke Ellington, the
> internationally renowned composer and musician, seated at a grand piano with
> the inscriptions, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DUKE ELLINGTON and JUSTICE FOR ALL,
> the District's motto.
>
> Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born into a middle-class family in
> Washington, D.C., in 1899, and started piano lessons at the age of seven. He
> lived in Washington until 1923, when he moved to New York City. He began
> performing professionally at the age of 17, and once he arrived in New York,
> started playing in Broadway nightclubs and eventually led his own band.
> Ellington made hundreds of recordings -- some with John Coltrane, Billy
> Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald -- making him famous
> worldwide. Throughout his 50-year career, he returned often to Washington to
> perform, frequently staying at the Whitelaw Hotel located in his boyhood
> neighborhood in Washington. Throughout his life, he received numerous awards
> and honors, including multiple Grammy(R) awards and the Presidential Medal of
> Freedom in 1969 in honor of his ability to carry the message of freedom to
> all the Nations of the world through his gift of music and understanding.
>
> The District of Columbia Quarter Design Advisory Committee, established by
> Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, solicited and reviewed reverse design concepts from
> the public, narrowing more than 300 down to three, which were sent to the
> United States Mint for final artistic renderings. The three concepts each
> included an individual from a different century: Duke Ellington; Benjamin
> Banneker, who assisted with the original D.C. boundary survey; and Frederick
> Douglass, the renowned abolitionist and statesman. The artistic renderings
> were then proposed to the District, and the Duke Ellington design was
> recommended through a public vote, with the Secretary of the Treasury
> approving the design on July 31, 2008.
>
>
> http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/DCAndTerritories/index.cfm?action=DCterritories&local=DC
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