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D.C. Coin Hits the Streets

The District's quarter starts circulating today, and residents and others can grab quarters with the image of D.C. favorite son Duke Ellington.

And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton points out that the circulation begins just one day before hearings that will send the D.C. House Voting Rights bill to the Floor.

Collectors can obtain a two-roll set of the quarters or a bag of 100, either for $32.95, or a bag of 1,000 for $309.95 at banks. The coins may also be purchased through the United States Mint's secure Web site,, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Domestic orders include a $4.95 fee per order for shipping and handling. Quarter bags of 1,000 coins will have an additional charge of $7.95 per bag because of their weight and size.

Norton's office notes that the congresswoman began efforts for the coin seven years ago.

"The District has gained another measure of equality and pride in being American citizens," Norton said in a release today. "We rejoice at the circulation of the coin as we begin hearings on our voting rights tomorrow."

The hearing before the Judiciary subcommittee is set for 10 a.m. in room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building.

By Marcia Davis  |  January 26, 2009; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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It's a beautiful coin, but alas, it won't pay your fare on the "A" Train!!

Posted by: bronxace | January 26, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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