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.
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.
U.S. Mint images of these candidates follow.
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.