‘Azucar!’ You’ll soon be able to have a little piece of this salsa legend in your pocket
Celia Cruz is so money.
Really. An image of the late, great Queen of Salsa will grace a quarter later this year, the U.S. Mint announced.
The Cuban icon, who died of cancer in 2003 at the age of 77 in her New Jersey home, is one of five historic figures chosen in the 2024 American Women Quarters Program.
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The four-year initiative recognizes the achievements and services of “American women who have lived remarkable and multifaceted lives, and have made a significant impact on our nation in their own unique way,” said Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson in a statement. “The women pioneered change during their lifetimes, not yielding to the status quo imparted during their lives. ...
“The Mint continues to connect America through coins, which are like small works of art in your pocket.”
Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, Cruz was known for her over-the-top costumes, sky-high wigs and catchphrase, “Azucar!” (“Sugar!”).
The sometime actress was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated Latin music artists, recording more than 80 albums, winning three Grammys, four Latin Grammys and the President’s National Medal of Arts. Cruz also received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Miami and Florida International University.
“Celia continues to live on!” said an announcement on the “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” singer’s still active Instagram page. “We are happy to hear this news and cannot wait to get a quarter with the Queen gracing it.”
The other four chosen for coins were Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color to serve in Congress; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War-era surgeon, women’s rights advocate and abolitionist; Pauli Murray, a poet, writer, activist and lawyer; and Zitkala-Ša, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, a writer, songwriter, educator and proponent for Native American rights.