2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Designs Unveiled

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The first quarter from the United States Mint’s American Women Quarters Program will honor Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a renowned poet, award-winning author and civil rights activist.

U.S. Mint images of the reverse candidate designs for the 2022 Maya Angelou Quarter
U.S. Mint images of reverse candidate designs for the 2022 Maya Angelou Quarter

Authorized under Public Law 116-330, the series of 2022-2025 quarters will offer up to 20 reverse designs celebrating women who shaped American history.

"The contributions may come from a wide spectrum of accomplishments and fields, including but not limited to suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and arts," the U.S. Mint announced in seeking ideas for the quarters.

The Mint unveiled 7 proposed designs for the first American Women quarter in preparation for their review before the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA).

U.S. Mint images of these candidates follow.

2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-01
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-01
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-02
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-02
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-03
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-03
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-04
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-04
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-05
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-05
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-06
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-06
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-07
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter Candidate Design MA-07

Obverses (heads side) of American Women quarters will share the same design depicting a likeness of George Washington that is distinguished from past quarter programs. The Mint also unveiled candidates for this obverse design as well as candidates for the second quarter honoring astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.

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Seth Riesling

MA-04 please. My favorite quote from Maya Angelou is, “When someone shows you who they are – believe them.”

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Kaiser Wilhelm

MA-04 is the one for sure; simply beautiful composition.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I neglected to say, Seth, that the Maya Angelou quote you shared is hard truth indeed.

BKK

No Thanks!

Kaiser Wilhelm

What, another waist of metal?

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michael s stevens

Why does first design state twenty-five cents? Current and other design use quarter dollar.

Kaiser Wilhelm

That is a part of the designer’s suggestion. Two of the Sally Ride entries also employ it.

Last edited 20 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Steven Ricks

MA-04 is my favorite!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Excellent taste, sir!

Kaiser Wilhelm

MA-02 was selected by both of the committees. Drama often wins out over realism.

Jo Woodman

Those are some lazy designs. It looks like the flying bird from the cage in one design is the exact same outline as the spread wing design. And the bird flying toward the book? That’s no dove of peace, it’s a damnable pigeon. See the big honking upper beak? Pigeon. Maya Angelou deserves better symbology than a couple copy paste birds and a flying rat.

Last edited 2 days ago by Jo Woodman