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The first African-American to appear on a United States circulating (and not commemorative) coin was York, a slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition in the early 1800s. The tails side of the 2003 Missouri state quarter features the three men together in a canoe.

The first African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin was Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, who is on the tails side of the 2009 District of Columbia quarter.

According to the U.S. Mint, African-American historical figures such as Jackie Robinson, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Crispus Attucks have appeared on commemorative coins.

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The first African-American to appear on a circulating coin was York, a slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their "Corps of Discovery" adventures across America at the dawn of the 19th century. The 2003 Missouri quarter features the three men together in a canoe on the obverse.

But the first African-American to appear by himself on a US circulating coin is Duke Ellington, a jazz legend. The coin was launched on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009.

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It is not clear which bill you are asking about, since United States currency has dollar bills, but not half-dollar bills. There are no African-Americans on the U.S. fifty-cent coin: most recently, this coin has featured President John F. Kennedy. I enclose a link about the history of this coin. As for the dollar bill, it too does not have an African-American on it: the vast majority of dollar bills have a picture of President George Washington.

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The first African American to be on a U.S. postage stamp is, Booker T. Washington.

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