The United States Mint selected everyone’s favorite Queen of Salsa and Cuba Icon to appear on the U.S. quarter. Celia Cruz, who passed away in 2003, was chosen as one of five honorees in the 2024 American Women Quarters Program. This specific program is a four-year initiative that honors the achievements and services of various American women. During the run of this program, the U.S. Mint will be releasing up to five new designs each year. The American Women Quarters Program began in 2022 and will end in 2025.
The full name of the singer of La Vida es un Carnaval is Ursula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She has been known as one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century. During her lifetime, she received many awards and recognitions, including the Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and a posthumous Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.
The other women chosen to appear on the Quarters in 2024 are Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first black woman 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, lawyer, and Episcopal priest; and Zitkala-Ša known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, a writer, songwriter, educator and political activist for the rights of Native Americans.
Everyone will Get a chance to see new designs of the quarters sometime this year. Meanwhile, as Celia Cruz used to sing to us: no need to cry because life is a carnival, and it is better to live it singing (no hay que llorar que la vida es un Carnaval y es más bello vivir cantando).