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The US Mint Announced Maya Angelou Among Other Historical Women Will Feature on Quarters in 2022

On October 6, The US Mint announced that they will issue quarters in 2022-2025 inspired by the American Woman Quarters Program. The following quarters will present five women for the following: Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong.

Each woman will be featured on the tail side of every quarter while keeping George Washington the face of the quarter. According to the US Mint, all reverse designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designers and sculpted by its Medallic Artists.

“These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” said United States Mint Acting Director Alison L. Doone. “Generations to come will look at coins bearing these designs and be reminded of what can be accomplished with vision, determination and a desire to improve opportunities for all.”

AIP Designer Emily Damstra designed the social activist poet Maya Angelou coin while being sculpted by Craig A. Campbell, a medallic artist. According to the US Mint, this design will depict Angelo’s arms uplifted with a soaring bird and the rising sun behind her.


AIP Designer Elana Hagler designed the space physicist Dr. Sally Ride coin while being sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, a medallic artist. This design will depict Ride next to a space shuttle window inspired by her quote:


“But when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.”


AIP Designer Ben Sowards designed the Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller coin while being sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, a medallic artist. This design will depict Mankiller wrapped in a traditional shawl as she gazes into the future with her seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation beside her.


AIP Designer Chris Costello designed the New Mexico’s suffrage movement leader Nina Otero-Warren coin while being sculpted by Craig A. Campbell, a medallic artist. According to the US Mint, this design will depict Warren by three individual Yucca Flowers with the saying “VOTO PARA LA MUJER,” the Spanish counterpart for the suffragist slogan “Votes for Women.


AIP Designer Emily Damstra designed the first Chinese actress in Hollywood, Anna May Wong coin while being sculpted by John P. McGraw, a medallic artist. Lastly, this design will depict Wong ‘s head resting on her hand, surrounded by a marquee sign with bright lights.


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