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US Mint unveils 2022 quarters featuring 5 trailblazing American women

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The designs for the 2022 coins in the American Women Quarter Program, honoring the achievements of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong. (Photo: US Mint via Twitter)

WASHINGTON (SBG) — The United States Mint announced five new designs Thursday for quarters starting next year.

As part of the American Women Quarters Program, the four-year project features coins with designs on the reverse (colloquially known as the tails) side of the coin.

Collectors and enthusiasts can expect new designs that highlight "the accomplishments and contributions of trailblazing American women."

Continuing through 2025, the Mint will issue five quarters in each of these years.

"The ethnically, racially and geographically diverse group of individuals honored through this program reflects a wide range of accomplishments and fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts," the Mint said in a statement.

“These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” United States Mint acting Director Alison L. Doone said. “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.”

Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.

The 2022 coins recognize the achievements of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong. Read more about them below:

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Maya Angelou

  • Designer: Emily Damstra, AIP Designer
  • Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell, Medallic Artist
  • The design depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “MAYA ANGELOU,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

Dr. Sally Ride

  • Designer: Elana Hagler, AIP Designer
  • Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
  • This design depicts Ride next to a window on the space shuttle, inspired by her quote, “But when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.” The inscription “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is intentionally positioned over the Earth next to America, indicating that out of all women in the United States, Dr. Ride was the first into space. The additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” and “DR. SALLY RIDE.”

Wilma Mankiller

  • Designer: Ben Sowards, AIP Designer
  • Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
  • This design depicts Wilma Mankiller with a resolute gaze to the future. The wind is at her back, and she is wrapped in a traditional shawl. To her left is the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “WILMA MANKILLER,” “PRINCIPAL CHIEF,” and “CHEROKEE NATION,” which is written in the Cherokee syllabary.

Nina Otero-Warren

  • Designer: Chris Costello, AIP Designer
  • Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell, Medallic Artist
  • The design features an image of Nina Otero-Warren on the left, flanked by three individual Yucca flowers—New Mexico’s state flower. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLUIBUS UNUM,” “NINA OTERO-WARREN,” and “VOTO PARA LA MUJER,” the Spanish counterpart for the suffragist slogan “Votes for Women.”

Anna May Wong

  • Designer: Emily Damstra, AIP Designer
  • Sculptor: John P. McGraw, Medallic Artist
  • This design features a close-up image of Anna May Wong with her head resting on her hand, surrounded by the bright lights of a marquee sign. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” and “ANNA MAY WONG.”

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The on-sale dates for the 2022 American Women Quarters Program will be published on the Mint’s Product Schedule. When available, the Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov/.