2022-2025 American Women Quarter Obverse Candidate Designs Unveiled

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The United States Mint released proposed designs for the obverse (heads side) of 2022-2025 American Women Quarters.

Obverse Candidates for American Women Quarters
U.S. Mint images of the obverse candidate designs for 2022-2025 American Women Quarters

Authorized under Public Law 116-330, the upcoming series of quarter dollars will feature reverses (tails side) that honor women who shaped American history. There will be up to five different reverses every year over the four-year period.

As for their obverses, they will share a single design showcasing a likeness of George Washington that is distinguishable from past quarter programs. Eleven candidates are in the running.

U.S. Mint images of these candidates follow.

American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-01
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-01
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-02
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-02
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-03
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-03
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-07
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-07
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-08
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-08
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-09
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-09
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-13
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-13
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-14
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-14
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-15
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-15
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-16
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-16
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-17
American Women Quarter, Obverse Candidate Design GW-17

The Secretary of the Treasury will make the final design selection following reviews of the candidate designs by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA).

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Kaiser Wilhelm

GW-03. It’s the only one that has him looking like a real person rather than a fantasy.

Seth Riesling

GW-01 is the design that artist Laura Gardin Fraser (wife of the “Buffalo nickel” designer James Earle Fraser) submitted for the design competition for the 1932 Washington quarter (her initials LGF appear in the above design photo). Her design was rejected by the all-male (misogynist) design jury at the time in favor of John Flanagan’s design we still use today.
Let’s give her the long-deserved credit due to her fine design!

NumisdudeTX

Vachon

Agreed!

Mark D.

I’d wholeheartedly agree, except for the fact that they want to put a MAN on the front of a coin dedicated to especially noteworthy WOMEN! How’s about a woman, even allegorical, on BOTH sides?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Not to mention that this may be the time to call a halt to the apparently endless hero worship of men for whom the words “Liberty and Justice for All” applied only to one very specific and narrow category of colonial inhabitants: those who were male, white (European origin), wealthy, relatively old, and land-and-slave-owning. This is, after all, the 21st Century, and “the times they are a-changing.”

Mark D.

Rock on comrade! And kindly get out of my brain (hardly enough room for me as it is).

Kaiser Wilhelm

Brings to mind the classic Iron Butterfly album’s decidedly more cerebral but sadly more obscure B side, “In-A-Medulla-Oblongata.”

Piedfort

Indeed. Maybe we can finally have a male figure to represent Liberty on coins as well. If the Equal Rights amendment gets incorporated into our Constitution by means of a majority of states having it in their respective constitutions, then maybe there will be true equality in coinage design legislation.

Mark D.

Fascinating idea, Piedfort. But as much as I support the ERA, I hope that we UnitedStatesians have open minds and that it doesn’t take a Constitutional amendment to accomplish such a modest goal. Ha! Maybe I’m thick, Piedfort, (sorry, can’t resist low-hanging puns) but it seems to me that it’s frequently difficult to discern the gender of allegorical figures from portraits (i.e., heads/profiles alone). I think recent Liberty coins are the exception and quite obviously — and strikingly (two-fer… truth AND a numismatic pun!) female. But portraits on the Morgan and Peace, along with the first, First-Nations gold “princesses” defy… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Logically that would have to be preceded by all the old rich white European men having been removed from the obverse of our coinage and paper currency and replaced by an assortment of females of all ages, economic and social strata, races and ethnicities; only then would it be right and proper to portray Liberty as a male of any kind.

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Uncle Sam's Nephew

Honoring the Founding Father of our Country is a worthy goal for this design. Downplaying his roll, or any individuals role, because of shallow present day value standards of gender categorization is foolish. None of these designs complement President George Washington’s contribution to American and World history.

He changed the direction of human history. Show me a coin that celebrates that, at least on the obverse of our highly used quarter.

And save the other side for Rosa Parks, Molly Pitcher, Grace Hopper, Whistler’s Mother, Oprah, Aretha, or Florence Nightingale.

Mark D.

One need not downplay one person to elevate another. Let’s compromise and agree to Martha Washington on the obverse. Surely George would concur that the mother of our Republic should grace this coin in such a manner and that it’s long overdue. After all, Comrade Washington limited himself to two terms, the benefit not being the 8-year limit per se, (salute FDR), but the precedent of not creating a dynastic monarchy, which he could have done easily. You know what I mean, a population that irrationally worships at the clay feet of a great man, a man as flawed as… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

How anyone would find it reasonable to make the extraordinary claim that our current day social values could in any way be declared categorically inferior to those which the historical record consistently shows to have been the unapologetically racist, misogynist, genocidal and classist beliefs and practices of the American past is a mystery to me.

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Mark D.

Hear, hear, comrade! PS: Have you seen your bio-pic (“The Exception”) yet. Two pickelhaubes up! It reminds of “The Bolero”…starts soft and slow, ends big and loud.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Mark, I came over here fifty-six years ago disguised as a college student in an effort to put the past behind me. I’m still laying low, mein Freund, in case the Fourth Reich has scouts out. Ach du lieber!

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Mark D.

Just in case you thought the above was one of my warped rants, there really is a movie called, “The Exception,” and KW (Christopher Plummer) is the pivotal character.

And a belated, “Welcome to the USA!”

Kaiser Wilhelm

I’ve never seen a rant, warped or otherwise, coming from you, Mark. I find your contributions to be especially erudite, always on point, and delightfully humorous. Incidentally, I’m guilty of not responding to your question; yes, I have seen “The Exception” and I give it a two big thumbs up. While I do collect coins, my number one hobby has always been the movies, and I have seen uncounted numbers of them. This obsession of mine was initiated in early 1950’s Vienna, where I would go to the Kino with my dear Opa every Saturday afternoon. Later my family resided… Read more »

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Mark D.

KW

A fascinating tale, indeed.

Cinephile myself. Hundreds of DVDs, VHSs and, um, Laserdiscs.

An all-time favorite: The Third Man (the “cynical” European cut). And Wien is an all-time favorite place to visit. Created my own Third Man tour the last time I was there. Great museums, coffee/pastry shops, and the Opera Metro stop always spins my head…and fills my belly. And then there are those crazy white Portuguese>Croatian>Austrian horses (don’t feel like looking up “Lipizz…”). Frequently stay at the Spanish Riding School Marriott.

And, I hear the hills are alive with the sound of music!

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Mark D.

Sorta censored/pseudo-redacted? Why the crossouts? Pressed a wrong button? Yet another Amazon Fire TV Silk browser flaw (like no floating cursor…arrrggghh!)?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Contact Mr. Holmes…we have a real mystery on our hands!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Aha, a fellow movie maven, and one who also happens to love The Third Man; most excellent synchronicity indeed! I was but three when that film was shot in Vienna, just not quite old enough to have played that very quick with the wit little boy in the movie. When asked about what had happened to the man upstairs, he replied in his [absolutely authentic] Viennese dialect “Awdrawt” (“Abgedreht” in High German) while ominously sliding a finger across his throat. That expression literally means “turned off” but in this instance it instead applies to having been murdered. And so this… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

That unfamiliar line-through-text “mishap” might have been the result of failure at the first attempt to use monochrome crypto-highlighting.

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Clockwork Squirrel

Nailed it!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Megadittos! 🙂

Kaiser Wilhelm

This is one of those between a rock and a hard place situations, Seth. Going with Ms. Fraser’s design would certainly correct the earlier mistake but perpetrate a new one in its place by continuing to favor men over women. Of course they will go with one of the Washington likenesses no matter what, but that still doesn’t make it right.

Jim Longacre

There’s very little actual evidence that Fraser’s design was rejected because for misogynistic reasons. Treasury Secretary Mellon’s objection were because the Bicentennial Commission had selected her design, both for the official medal and for the coin, in a competition to which the Treasury was not a party. Mellon had made Fraser the first woman in history to design a coin when he approved her Alabama Centennial design, and he had had no objection to other designs of hers, such as the Oregon Trail half.

Mark D.

She did the Oregon Trail design?! Wow. It’s on my Top 3 list of most beautious US coins.

Jim Longacre

She did the wagon side and James Fraser did the Native American side.

Jim Longacre

I should also add that Secretary Mellon also approved Laura Fraser’s designs for the Grant Memorial half dollar and Grant Memorial dollar. So he approves her for designs on four coins (including the first design by a woman in history) and suddenly after ten years turns misogynist? No. It was about preserving the prerogatives of the Treasury Department to choose designs for the circulating coinage.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I’m happy to second Mark on the thanks for the numismatic history lesson, Jim; not just extremely enlightening but also quite fascinating!

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Mark D.

Thanks for the learning comrade. Almost ready for Jeopardy now…just need to come up to speed on sports, Shakespeare and the Torah/Bible.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I recommend Universal University where the above subjects are melded into a single intensive course of study, the Abrahamic Thespian Track.

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sam tweedy

GW-14. Is kinda Scary!!! would be great with a “BAT” on the reverse!!!!

Kaiser Wilhelm

You…will…do…as…I…tell…you.

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Mark D.

Bat Woman I presume? Although, I had a huge crush on Barbara Gordon (Batgirl Yvonne Craig) from the 60s show.

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sam tweedy

Batgirl would be ok with me but not on that scary obverse!!!! yikes!!!!

Kaiser Wilhelm

I tend to favor Catwoman myself…any version!

Seth Riesling

May Catwoman Eartha Kitt RIP – “meoooooow!” As a great actress & even better singer, she could be considered for this series of American Women quarters.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Possibly also Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Billie Holiday.

Seth Riesling

Amen brother! Great African-American women need more representation on our coinage for sure.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

And more urgently so than any other demographic, so to speak.

Mark D.

…and Hedy Lamarr. Watch the PBS documentary…she ivented all sorts of technology to help win WWII, a genuine genius and very talented performer. I’d like to see Shirley Chisom, the notorious RGB, Sandra Day O’Connor, Abigail Adams, Rosalind Franklin, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Rachel Carson, Grace Hopper, Althea Gibson, Babe Didrikson, Katherine Johnson…and my mom.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Hedy Lamarr is someone I have tremendous admiration for (and that’s even besides us having the same birthplace). It is always gratifying to know that someone from the Old Country could have such an unbelievably significant impact after landing upon these shores. Further, the others included in your well thought out list are also all very illustrious and extremely deserving candidates. Let’s hope that someone out there, especially a person who has a say in this, is listening!

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Techsjj

Will there be a “S” mint mark released? Now that I am thinking about it it may not be a good idea as it may take away from the ATB “S” series…

Kaiser Wilhelm

If they follow the previous routine, then possibly. Anyway, it’s an entirely different series, so the continuation of “S” mintmarks really shouldn’t have any connection.

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I'm just a guy

Booooo can the mint do anything right lately? First they choose a bad design for the new ase, then they mess up the peace dollar reverse die using the dies for the 22-35 but still have it in high relief, and then they have some lame designs for the new quarters.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Each to their own, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and one person’s floor is another’s ceiling. There’s simply no way the Mint can please everyone all the time.

morgan

Please, please use the Laura Gardin Fraser design. It was originally chosen for the 1932 Washington half dollar by the Fine Arts Commission, whose decision was overruled by then-Secretary of the Treasiry Andrew Mellon in favor of John Flanagan proposal. Congress later directed that the new design should be used on the quarter, instead. The second proposal looks like the reverse of the Deleware state quarter. The third one looks like the Washington dollar coin. Fraser’s design was and is still th best.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Conceding that there is not a snowball’s chance in Hades that a woman’s visage will be likely to grace the obverse of this five year series of quarters, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here and join Morgan, Seth and Vachon in making GW-01 my choice also.

Jim Longacre

It wasn’t the Fine Arts Commission. It was the George Washington Bicentennial Commission.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Once more, an example of numismatic history at its finest. Kudos, Jim.

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Maureen Foster

Love the all new Quarter designs. The GW02 is my first pick.

Kaiser Wilhelm

GW-02 does have a certain majesty about it, but there might be the problem of that very aspect making it too Napoleonic. Another horse inclusive image, GW-13, appears to have George contemplating the work of his “field hands” (aka slaves); not a good impression. Lastly, GW-17 reminds one just a bit too much of “Hyo Silver, away!”

Steven Ricks

I am excited that Laura Gardin Fraser’s 1932 design is in consideration. Some have mentioned that coins honoring women should have a woman on the obverse as well as the reverse, but the law authorizing the American Women Quarter program requires a likeness of GW on the obvers, so that ship has unfortunately sailed. Since it has to be GW, it would be poetic for GW-01 to be chosen, as it was designed by a woman and overruled by a sexist man. I also like GW-03, but as another has already pointed out, it looks almost identical to the Washington… Read more »

Mark D.

Laws can be changed. We’re in charge.

Kaiser Wilhelm

True, Mark, but we are currently going mano a mano with a hidebound revanchist faction that won’t stop trying to put us in the desperate position of having to use all of our resources to stave off further erosion of hard won socio-political ground.

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Mark D.

True that true, I agree, although I had to look up a couple of words before I knew for sure. Deceased monarch shames professional writer/commoner!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Not intentionally trying to shame anyone here, Mark. Bear in mind that – and I admit this may appear to be somewhat counter-intuitive and ironic – thanks to the fact that English is my second language, I put a very intensive effort into becoming as proficient as possible in speaking, reading and above all writing it beginning with my early school years in (successively) Vienna, Chicago, Stuttgart, San Francisco and Heidelberg. By way of further explanation, prior to my coming over here permanently in 1965 my family resided in those two American cities for a period of six months each… Read more »

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Craig Foote

I would like to see a change from the typical right profile Washington to a new design. Washington on a horse is a great idea. Coins are like works of art. Even the master St. Gaudens knew that when he created the double eagle. We have seen Washington’s profile for decades. Time for a new look

Kaiser Wilhelm

Like possibly someone other than Washington for a change?

Shannon

Why can’t they just leave the money alone?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Because the symbolism is old and tired and has long passed its reasonable and proper expiration date. We can’t desire to live in the world of the eighteenth century forever.

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Jim Longacre

With all respect to the symbolism of putting Fraser’s design on the quarter, I’d prefer something not based on the tired old Houdon bust of Washington. I’d agree with KW’s original comment on candidate #3, Washington looks like a real person. I’d be against the horseback ones that devote more space to the horse than to Washington. We’re not honoring the horse.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good points, Jim. What I fear the roadblock is here is that there is still too much of a tendency toward knee jerk hero worship of an idealized Washington figure instead of a far more grounded and realistic appreciation of a particular human being who we hope did the best he could do within the specific framework of the society in which he existed.

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Mark D.

BREAKING NEWS… CFA & CCAC both approve L.G. Fraser’s 1931 GW portrait for new 25¢ obverse. Huzzah! If it couldn’t be a woman up front, then this is a good thing. Now ladies, if you’d kindly return to dancing backwards whilst wearing high heels and getting paid less for working the same or harder jobs as us man cavers. Move along, nothing to see here folks.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Yes, it is a handsome and manly profile of George Washington indeed that was chosen for the Common Obverse. I still would have preferred the more human-looking three quarter face as seen on GW-03 instead, but then, one can’t really expect to have everything go one’s way. On another note, the selection of the exercise in realism that is SR-01 was an absolutely brilliant selection for the Sally Ride Reverse. Unfortunately, the committees succumbed in combination to a bout of errant grandiosity by choosing MA-02 for Maya Angelou’s Reverse, thus portraying the poor woman as seeming to have been visually… Read more »

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Mark D.

Add some blue color, a pair of bugeyes and we’ll have the first in the new series of Avatar coins, .999 unobtanium and in 3D, with free cardboard viewing glasses. John Cameron-signed slabs available soon.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thanks largely to the Mint’s recent inclination toward greater variety, the next iteration of the above described ducat will be the revolutionary anti-matter no-proof version, one firmly fixed in place by an unobtanium-generated stasis field within a Zoe Saldana-signed holographic astroglobe. Unfortunately, pre-sale of this much anticipated and highly coveted release is restricted exclusively to verified dealers in the Kuiper belt and the Oort Cloud.

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