2022 American Women Quarter Dollar Designs Revealed

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The United States Mint unveiled designs for the first five coins from their four-year program of American Women quarter dollars. Authorized under Public Law 116-330, the series of quarters will feature reverses (tails side) honoring women who shaped American history.

2022 American Women Quarter Designs
U.S. Mint line art images of the five 2022 American Women Quarter designs

There will be up to five different designs every year beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2025. The five for 2022 celebrate the achievements of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong. (Read U.S. Mint information about the series.)

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

U.S. Mint-published line art images and descriptions of the five quarter designs follow.

Maya Angelou – celebrated writer, performer, social activist

2022 American Women Quarter for Maya Angelou
2022 Maya Angelou Quarter design

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 – physicist, astronaut, educator, and first American woman to soar into space

2022 American Women Quarter for Dr. Sally Ride
2022 Dr. Sally Ride Quarter design

Designer: Elana Hagler, AIP Designer
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist

This design depicts Dr. 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 – first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights

2022 American Women Quarter for Wilma Mankiller
2022 Wilma Mankiller Quarter design

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 – a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools

2022 American Women Quarter for Nina Otero-Warren
2022 Nina Otero-Warren Quarter design

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 – first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, who left a legacy for women in the film industry

2022 American Women Quarter for Anna May Wong
2022 Anna May Wong Quarter design

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."

Common Obverse Design

The obverse (heads side) design is common across all quarters in the four-year series. Originally created by Laura Gardin Fraser for the Bicentennial of George Washington’s birth in 1932, it depicts a portrait of George Washington.

American Women Quarter - Obverse Design
Obverse or heads side design for all American Women quarter dollars

This design was actually recommended for the 1932 quarter by the George Washington Bicentennial Committee and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, but then-Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon instead selected the familiar John Flannigan design.

Inscriptions include "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "2022."

Release dates for U.S. Mint 2022 quarter products should become available later this year.

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Larry T
  • I’m wondering how our favorite coin hawkers, like Mike ‘rarest of the rare’ Mezack and the Abel boys, are going to sell these ‘dogs.’ It’s going to be entertaining to watch Mezack edifying us why ‘you must, you absolutely must have these in your collection!’
JWP

They look like arcade wannabes

Mammoth

Seeing the demographics on these coins, brings to mind the non-PC comment made by James Watt, which I am not going to repeat here.

Google “the comment that got James Watt fired

Having said that, if this coin series helps to make girls and women into coin collecting, then this will be a good thing.

Also, isn’t Emily Damstra, who designed the first coin depicted above, also the designer of the reverse of the Type 2 ASE?

And finally – doesn’t George Washington look good in a mullet?

Rich

Mammoth, yes to both your questions!

Victor

Oh my God. Is this really necessary? By the way at least one these woman doesn’t have a good past. Not very good at all.

How about making quarters series with 10 commandments? Now that will be very useful because our coins get circulated through out the world.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Victor, those could not be produced by the Mint since such coins would be in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and the permanent separation of church and state.

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Clockwork Squirrel

Lame joke intended, Amen to your response. Too many people who claim to honor the Constitution apparently haven’t read it.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Clockwork Squirrel, Two points recently in that very regard have stood out for me. The first is this obvious one, that while it is apparently so easy for people to stand up for the 2nd Amendment you certainly don’t see as many folks staunchly defending the Separation of Church and State. If we can’t be anything else, let’s at least try to be consistent. And speaking of consistent, I reject the credibility of anyone who claims the freedom to have power over their own body when it comes to refusing vaccinations but then does an about face when it comes… Read more »

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domenic

Kudos on this one….at least for me. As a movie buff…seeing of all people Anna May Wong on a coin! Maya Angelou, Sally Ride….excellent choices. The idea of honoring people other than places is a better idea. Now as ive said before it would be nice if they could “change up” our stale coinage obverses….that would be nice too. As a hobby i do see these encouraging girls to get into the hobby. More diversity in ANYTHING is for the better.

Clockwork Squirrel

Well put. In my various travels I’ve been to countries whose bills and coins honor a wide range of individuals and other iconic national symbols. Maybe we need a full rethink of our design policies … Get Congress out of the process so they can’t grandstand or strangle innovation. Put a ceiling as well as a floor on how often designs can change, maybe no shorter than 20 years and no longer than 50. Rethink denominations too; get rid of the infernal penny and use $1 and $2 coins. If Lincoln has a huge constituency (as he should) move his… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Clockwork Squirrel,

You’ve presented a lot of excellent ideas for workable avenues to take in bringing new life to both our coins and our paper currency. The world, after all, has learned so much from us, perhaps now it’s time to learn from the world in return.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

One way to not only ensure the survival of coin collecting but also to give it new life and a much needed wider perspective is to bring many more women into the hobby. At the moment it has all the appearances of becoming a sort of old men’s club, and how sad and dreary is that.

I’m also with you, domenic, on making changes regarding the exceedingly tired obverses of American coinage; after all, enough has certainly happened in the last two hundred and fifty years that we can surely come up with some new imagery.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

domenic, I’ve been a movie maven for well over sixty years so seeing the illustrious Ms. Wong among the honorees on the first set of these coins is a delight. The other choices are superb also; our first female astronaut, the first female head of one of our most important indigenous nations, and a brilliant literary figure from the people on whose backs America was built. If this set continues to maintain this exceedingly stellar level of characters it will be one of the best ever. I’ve really been looking forward to these, and I know now I won’t be… Read more »

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Clockwork Squirrel

IMHO not bad choices for the first set even though it seems the Mint was trying oh-so-much to “cover all the bases”. As someone who grew up watching the space program and had several female math & physics teachers, I’m glad to see Dr. Ride in the first group. As Mammoth noted, let’s hope the series encourages more girls and women to become involved with the hobby. At this point my little numismatic circle includes only one woman, and I only know her as an online acquaintance. On the same topic I’m also pleased to see Laura Fraser’s portrait *finally*… Read more »

Rich

Ride Sally ride… RIP

Kaiser Wilhelm

A big Amen to that, Rich.

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Clockwork Squirrel

Agree 1000%, Rich.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Yes, what a great pioneer she was, and a brilliant scientist on top of that. It’s a nicely representative selection, and I’m so glad she made the cut, so to speak.

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SENZA

Yet we know so little about them – like what planet are they really from

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Kaiser Wilhelm

It just so happens that yours truly has done a bit of research in that particular exotic and esoteric field of human science, SENZA. I at this point in my life have to my credit one awesome marriage of 29 splendid years and climbing and a previous one of the contrary variety that lingered for 19 agonizing orbits around the sun. I think I’m finally beginning to get a slight glimmer of what the male-female relationship mystery is really all about, and the main thing I’ve learned is that you have to keep your eyes and ears open at all… Read more »

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SENZA

Brilliant

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Rich

I second that emotion

Kaiser Wilhelm

Rich, thank you for that, and very much so.

I must say that you and SENZA are a huge part of what makes this site such a “must go to place” for me every single day!

Rich

Likewise, Sir Kaiser, but tu el hombre.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Unlike President Kennedy when he said “Ich bin ein Berliner” I would have to say “Ich bin ein Wiener”, but getting into that can be a somewhat tricky business.

Thanks again, Rich…”Ich bin der Mann!”

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Thank you so much, SENZA; you are too kind!

SENZA

And someone behind the scenes of a tea-sipping FED-funded one-percenter party lobbied the US Mint to produce this BARF. SO ANY WORD ABOUT THOSE MORGANS OR PEACE DOLLARS AND WHERE IS MY (S) EAGLE ????????

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Talk about those one-percenters…looks like they’ve more than achieved their goal of completely outdoing and dominating the American middle class. The 1.3 million or so of them now own more of the nation’s wealth than the next 130 million-plus combined, and while their wealth continues to increase that of the middle class is slipping by the day.

Apparently the absolutely most important thing for them is maintaining the largest possible financial and social gap between themselves and us worker bees of the country.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Another way to put this with added clarity:

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Oh, I neglected to respond regarding the Morgan and Peace Dollar question. I realize the numbers of them on pre-order are going down steadily but only slightly; it does remind me of the left-over water coming off a road as steam on a hot summer day in that something, however finite, is definitely disappearing. Go figure.

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Larry T

Kaiser, The water on your road is not disappearing, it’s simply changing states (water to vapor gas.) Those Morgans and Peace Dollars aren’t disappearing either, they’re simply changing ‘hands.’ And why all the sour grapes about the 1%er’s? All you need to be in that club is $11 million. Let’s keep in mind that it is the people with money who employ most workers in this country. How many of your friends do you know that are working for a homeless person or an illegal alien? I don’t know any. I worked and invested my money to get where I… Read more »

SENZA

Golino, writes on Coin Week Blog a story of praise and worship to former US Mint Director Ryder – I really wanted to vomit…………

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Phil

SENZA, I read that as well & didn’t enjoy their spin. So many bones to pick, but making the mint profitable stood out to me. It’s the way they’ve done it that annoys me. Sure, jack up prices, go bare bones packaging, etc There’s obviously a smarter way to go aboot this, but the #’s don’t lie. The interpretations will. Heck, just got my UNC ASE’s today & no return shipping labels provided for 1st x for me. I’ve never used one, but that probably saves $ on a large scale. Imo, the Mint right now is akin to a… Read more »

SENZA

Right On! Funny they would not post my response on the Blog at Coinweek.

The only good ideas come from us – the collectors…….

It’s hit and miss with the receipt/return labels about every other time I order either they didn’t put it in the box or it looks like it got stuck in the printer and it’s ripped and unreadable – Thank goodness the US Mint does not make airplanes – that’s all I can say.

I guess we just can’t fight the coin mafia and it’s secret network

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Phil

SENZA,

It also occurs to me the new regime will be hard pressed to outdo Ryder in profitability. In ’22 there will be no generational design changes, no Morgan/Peace anny or whatever. So, imo, unless something spectacular is planned, revenue prob gonna be less.

& Ryder may heap more praise, unfortunately.

Phil

I’m not sure what they’re gonna do, but la puerta esta habienta to continue the Morgans to make $. The ’22 Pd coin better be spectacular! Almost every variant is currently available. It better be holographic or something.

SENZA

la puerta esta abierta de hecho Let’s hope no more rock star wannabes wander thru it and that silver is about $22 bucks an ounce on our side of the door not $85. We know the Mankiller quarters are coming and we know the American innovation line up – I just wonder if they will put out the first AI coin this year or if they are too busy playing catch up with Morgans, Peace and (S) Eagles. Every year has it’s big disappointment – I wonder what coin will disappoint in 2022 – to top previous duds it would… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

SENZA,

I’m assuming fantasy is a legit part of the game here, so my very humble entry is the 2022 Extra-Special Charisma Edition 99.999+ Pure Kim Don One Enhanced Double Reverse Proof With A Perfect Landing Deepest Possible Cameo Combo Coin.

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SENZA

Now that is scary but the bright side is I’m no longer afraid of Clowns

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Kaiser Wilhelm

That’s funny, SENZA. One specific member of my extended family doesn’t take to clowns due to their (in his mind) elemental creepiness. My personal distaste for the whole genre stems more from seeing them as not all that humorous to begin with. Each to his/her own, as always.

Now, “Sovereign Citizens”, on the other hand, they are funny.

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SENZA

Karma works in amazing ways…..

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I get really distressed when the Higher Apes are insulted like that.

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SENZA

We all have our little problems lol

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SENZA

I wonder if the woman who invented the fake headache will be on one of those coins

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Phil

SENZA

Apologize for the delay, as new articles pop up, old ones get lost in my shuffle till I dig.

Anyhoo, after football wknd is over, my best guess for worst coin of ’22 would be a Pd 5oz sphere.

Chk fire on that. Might be best ever!

SENZA

Excellent choice – it’s too confusing to try and keep up with the posts so no worries but if you hear anything on our Morgans please give me a shout – I just read that fakes are available on ebay but after looking further into its just another case of the graders and some coin blogs trying to justify their own existence and what actually happened was a few flippers on Feebay listed their 2021 Morgans “In-Hand” but the ads were auctions that don’t end for up to 10 days and these flippers are anticipating having the coins in-hand by… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

My oh my, but appearances can indeed be somewhat deceiving. I had to revolve my brain around this misleading appurtenance several times before the relieving truth sank in.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Considering that Italian sculpture who has been burning up the Continent with his Imaginary statues and such for which the COAs go for the multiple ten thousands of Euros. I wouldn’t yet rule him out of the worst of anything game. No matter what other variety of worst coin could vie with him, in the end it would be that paltry hunk of metal matched against a perfectly pristine spot of air over a marble base.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Perhaps the Mint can be the first to develop a Tardis coin that opens up into a bank vault full of shelves laden with assorted precious metals.

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SENZA

Or…………………………………..

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Kaiser Wilhelm

There should be one of these on every corner. A real money dispenser!

Kaiser Wilhelm

And last but likely not least, at least in my pocket of the world, there will less need to spend so much of my retirement savings on the Mint.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

For some reason I can’t for the life of me even begin to fathom yet can’t escape, the one-eyed boy meme pictured above appears to me as a much younger and male version of the bizarre inside-info-providing female character “Cousin Lil” on Twin Peaks, as in “The Feds are involved (covering one eye) and “The local police have something to hide (one hand in pocket)”.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Except in the Mint’s case the bigger organization they report to is the Treasury and they’ve already seen what happens when you displease the Secretary of same. It is also true, however, that Ruff Ryder was supposed to tender his resignation pro forma due to the change of national administration but apparently “forgot” to do so. I especially don’t like the fact that when calculated per unit sales cost it’s clear that the bulk of the profit the Mint generates for the Treasury’s General Fund comes from the numismatic and not the bullion side of the business. Once again, like… Read more »

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sam tweedy

To all the whining “OLD LADIES” here NAP TIME NAP TIME NAP TIME YIKES !!!!!!!! LOL

Kaiser Wilhelm

Dear Sir,

We did take our naps a bit late today but nevertheless feel much the better for it. We do, as always, appreciate the interest and concern you display by checking in on us.

Kaiser Wilhelm, Recording Secretary, The Whining Silver Haired “Old Ladies” Society Of Sheboygan, at your service.

Rich

B’gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaiser Wilhelm

And by golly!

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Seth Riesling

Ladies & gentlemen, and sam tweedy…
“Hey Laaaaaaaaady!!” – Jerry Lewis. Lol.

“A silver dollar make me holler…” – Me.
Lmao.

NumisdudeTX

Rich

“Great Balls of Fire,” Seth!

DaveM

WTH does it say “Sally” on her name badge on her NASA uniform for the Sally Ride quarter. It should say “ride”, should it not?

SENZA

As someone else pointed out – they are only concerned with certain criteria

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Paul Bergeron

No. The in-flight uniforms used first names only. Other NASA apparel used “Sally K. Ride”. Some of the “mission patches” said “Sally Ride”. I don’t think they used only last names on NASA apparel.

bkk

I guess its time to stop collecting with coins like these!