Celia Cruz Makes History as First-Ever Afro-Latina To Appear on US Currency

Celia Cruz's legacy continues to live on. The late Cuban singer is making history nearly 20 years after her death for being the first-ever Afro-Latina set to appear on U.S. currency.

Cruz will be appearing on the U.S. quarter as part of a four-year program titled the American Women Quarters Program , which celebrates positive contributions and accomplishments made by women in the United States.

The Queen of Salsa, who died in July 2003, is one of five women being honored in the 2024 American Women Quarters Program. The other women are Patsy Takemoto Mink, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Pauli Murray and Zitkala-Ša.

According to Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson, "All the women being honored have lived remarkable and multi-faceted lives, and have made a significant impact on our Nation in their own unique way."

To get your hands on these special edition quarters, be on the lookout for them in your change or shop for them online here.