American Women quarters

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American Women quarter
United States
Value25 cents (0.25 US dollars)
Mass5.67 g (standard)
6.34 g (silver proof) g
Diameter24.26 mm (0.955 in)
Thickness1.75 mm (0.069 in)
Edge119 reeds
Composition91.67% Cu 8.33% Ni (standard)
99.9% Ag (silver proof)
Years of minting2022–2025
Design George Washington
Designer Laura Gardin Fraser
Design date1931
DesignVarious; up to five designs per year

The American Women quarters program will be a series of quarters featuring notable women in U.S. history, commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [1] The United States Mint will issue up to five designs each year from 2022 to 2025 for up to 20 total designs. One woman will be honored on the reverse of each coin, selected for "contributions to the United States in a wide spectrum of accomplishments and fields, including but not limited to suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and arts." [2] The obverse will depict George Washington with a new design. [3]


The program was authorized by the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020 (Pub.L.   116–330 (text) (PDF)), sponsored by Representatives Barbara Lee and Anthony Gonzalez. [4] The original proposal was for 56 quarters, honoring one woman from each state and territory, [5] but with a set of circulating coins intended to be released in 2026 for the United States Semiquincentennial, it was amended to be shorter. One of the five quarters in that set will also feature a woman. [1] It replaced an alternative proposal of quarters featuring animals or endangered species. [6] It will be followed in 2027–2030 with a series depicting youth sports. [7]

It succeeds the America the Beautiful quarters and Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter. Some coin collectors were critical of the "seemingly unending" proposal to continue to issue five new quarter designs every year for a third decade. [8] Many numismatists are more interested in redesigns of other denominations and less frequent releases. [9]



Laura Gardin Fraser's portrait of George Washington, which was originally submitted in 1931, was selected by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to appear on the obverse of the American Women quarters. The right-facing bust had been used for the 1999 commemorative gold half eagle for the 200th anniversary of Washington's death. [10]


In May 2021 the Mint announced the first honorees in 2022 will be Maya Angelou and Sally Ride. [11] Angelou will be the first Black woman and Ride the first LGBT person to appear on circulating US currency. The United States Secretary of the Treasury will select the women featured for the series. Designs will be selected through a process with the Smithsonian Institution's American Women's History Initiative, the National Women's History Museum, and the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. [12] [11] Three more 2022 honorees were announced in June: Wilma Mankiller; Adelina Otero-Warren, the first Hispanic American to appear on US currency; and Anna May Wong, the first Asian American. [13]

List of designs

YearNo.WomanDesignElements depictedRelease dateMintage
DenverPhiladelphiaWest PointTotal
20221 Maya Angelou Aw-quarter---angelou.png Angelou with her arms outstretched, in front of a flying bird and sunrise. [14] January 10, 2022 [15] TBDTBDTBDTBD
2 Sally Ride Aw-quarter--ride.png Ride next to a Space Shuttle window, with Earth in the background. [14] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
3 Wilma Mankiller Aw-quarter---mankiller.png Mankiller wearing a shawl, by a seven-pointed Cherokee Nation star and ᏣᎳᎩᎪ ᎠᏰᏢ ("Cherokee Nation" in Cherokee syllabary). [14] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
4 Nina Otero-Warren Aw-quarter---otero-warren.png Otero-Warren with three Yucca flowers and the Spanish inscription Voto para la mujer (Votes for Women). [14] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
5 Anna May Wong Aw-quarter---wong.png Wong surrounded by marquee lights. [14] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

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