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While we wait for American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the U.S. Mint has begun shipping quarters featuring legendary poet Maya Angelou.

According to Politico.com, the new U.S. quarters are part of an effort to increase representation of Black Americans on U.S. currency.

Angelou, who died in 2014, is best known for her autobiographies and poetry, including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," about her teenage experiences.

Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first Black poet to perform a poem at a presidential inauguration.

Politico claims The Trump administration halted the efforts to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Former President Donald Trump reportedly called the efforts to replace Jackson "pure political correctness".

Shortly after Joe Biden's inauguration in January 2021, press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration would speed up the process of putting Tubman's likeness on the $20 bill.

New Benjamins

In an effort to stay one step ahead of organized, well-financed counterfeiters, the Federal Reserve is issuing crisp new $100 bills on Tuesday.

The new $100 bill, which was announced on April 21, 2010, will be released despite the government shutdown (nothing but an act of God stops the U.S. from printing money).

The new C-notes feature updated anti-counterfeit measures including raised printing, microprinting, and color shifting images. Benjamin Franklin's image is off-center and there are numerous references to the Constitution printed on the bills.

An earlier release date was scrapped when a printing error sent 30 million notes to the incinerator.

The old $100 bills will be gradually removed from circulation by banks and the Federal Reserve.