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
2022 Washington quarter obverse.jpeg
Design George Washington
Designer Laura Gardin Fraser
Design date1931
DesignVarious; up to five designs per year (first design shown)

The American Women quarters program is 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 is issuing five designs each year from 2022 to 2025 for 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 depicts George Washington with a new design. [3]


The program was authorized by the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020, 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 George Washington half eagle for the 200th anniversary of Washington's death. [10]


The United States Secretary of the Treasury selects the women featured for the series in consultation with the Smithsonian Institution's American Women's History Initiative, the National Women's History Museum, and the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. Recommendations for women honorees were solicited from the public in 2021. [11] [12]

Honorees featured in 2022 are [13]

Honorees to be featured in 2023 are [23]

List of designs

YearNo.WomanDesignElements depictedArtist(s)Release dateMintage

(Medallic Artist)


(Artistic Infusion Program)

DenverPhiladelphiaSan FranciscoTotal
20221 Maya Angelou American Women quarter 2022 Maya Angelou.jpeg Angelou with her arms outstretched, in front of a flying bird and sunrise. [24] Craig Campbell [25] Emily Damstra [25] January 3, 2022 [26] 258,200,000237,600,000302,880TBD
2 Sally Ride American Women quarter 2022 Sally Ride.png Ride next to a Space Shuttle window, with Earth in the background. [24] Phebe Hemphill [27] [28] Elana Hagler [27] March 22, 2022278,000,000275,200,000302,240TBD
3 Wilma Mankiller American Women quarter 2022 Wilma Mankiller.png Mankiller wearing a shawl, by a seven-pointed Cherokee Nation star and ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ("Cherokee Nation" in Cherokee syllabary). [24] Benjamin Sowards [28] June 6, 2022296,800,000310,000,000304,240TBD
4 Nina Otero-Warren American Women quarter 2022 Nina Otero-Warren.png Otero-Warren with three Yucca flowers and the Spanish inscription Voto para la mujer (Vote for Women). [24] Craig Campbell [29] Chris Costello [29] August 15, 2022219,200,000225,000,000304,320TBD
5 Anna May Wong American Women Quarter 2022 Anna May Wong.jpg Wong is surrounded by marquee lights. [24] John P. McGraw [30] Emily Damstra [30] October 25, 2022TBDTBD302,280TBD
2023 [23] 6 Bessie Coleman 2023 Bessie Coleman Womens Quarter.jpg Coleman looking into the clouds and a flying biplane. The inscription "6.15.1921" is the date she received a pilot's license. [31] Eric David Custer [31] Chris Costello [31] January 3, 2023TBDTBDTBDTBD
7 Edith Kanakaʻole 2023 Edith Kanaka`ole Womens Quarter.jpg Kanakaʻole, with her hair and lei poʻo (head lei) blending into a Hawaiian landscape. The inscription "E hō mai ka ʻike" translates to "granting the wisdom" and refers to the role of hula and chants in cultural preservation. [32] Renata Gordon [32] Emily Damstra [32] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
8 Eleanor Roosevelt 2023 Eleanor Roosevelt Womens Quarter.jpg Roosevelt stands by the scales of justice in front of a represention of the globe, above the inscription "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". [33] Craig Campbell [33] Don Everhart [33] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
9 Jovita Idár 2023 Jovita Idar Womens Quarter.jpg Idar standing with her hands clasped. Her body is made up of inscriptions representing her accomplishments and the newspapers for which she wrote. [34] John P. McGraw [34] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
10 Maria Tallchief 2023 Maria Tallchief Womens Quarter.jpg Maria Tallchief spotlit in balletic pose. Her Osage name, which translates to "Two Standards," is written in Osage orthography. [35] Joseph Menna [35] Benjamin Sowards [35] TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

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