2022 American Women Quarter Images and Release Dates

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United States Mint images along with a few collector products and circulation release dates have been published for the 2022 American Women quarter dollars. Authorized under Public Law 116-330, the U.S. Mint’s four-year series of American Women Quarters™ features reverses (tails side) that celebrate the contributions of notable women who have shaped American history.

U.S. Mint images 2022 American Women Quarters
The U.S. Mint’s program of American Women Quarters™ for 2022 celebrate the achievements of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong. (U.S. Mint images.)

The quarter program calls for up to five unique quarter designs every year beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2025. The women commemorated on the 2022-dated quarters are:

  • Maya Angelou – celebrated writer, performer, and social activist
  • Dr. Sally Ride – physicist, astronaut, educator, and first American woman in space
  • Wilma Mankiller – first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Nina Otero-Warren – a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools
  • Anna May Wong – first Chinese American film star in Hollywood

In October, the U.S. Mint unveiled line art images for these quarters that came about from a several-step design selection process.

2022 American Women Quarter Designs
Original line-art images showing the reverse designs on the 2022 American Women quarter dollars

Flashing forward a couple of months to now, some quarter release dates, and other quarter product information is available.

For example, 2022 Maya Angelou quarters began shipping earlier this month, with an official circulation release date of Jan. 3. Some are already appearing in pocket change.

Also, the U.S. Mint will begin selling rolls and bags of uncirculated Maya Angelou quarters on Feb. 7 at prices ranging from $36 to $54. Made for coin collectors, uncirculated coins are hand-loaded into coining presses, and they are struck on specially burnished blanks.

Circulating release dates for the other four 2022 quarters have yet to be announced, although releases around the months of March, June, August, and November are typical based on previous quarter programs.

Editor’s note: The latest published circulation release dates are March 21 for the Dr. Sally Ride quarter, June 6 for the Wilma Mankiller quarter, sometime in August for the Nina Otero-Warren quarter, and sometime in October for the Anna May Wong quarter.

In addition, the U.S. Mint has March 22 as the date of release for uncirculated Dr. Sally Ride quarter rolls and bags. (Editor’s note: read about their release.) Currently, rolls and bags of Wilma Mankiller quarters, Nina Otero-Warren quarters and Anna May Wong quarters have more general release dates of spring, summer, and fall.

Regarding annual quarter sets, the U.S. Mint has not scheduled release dates for their clad 2022 American Women Quarters Proof Set or their 2022 American Women Quarters Silver Proof Set, but they have published images and prices for them.

Editor’s note (Jan. 29): The U.S. Mint just published release dates of March 8 for the clad proof set and March 29 for the silver proof set.

U.S. Mint image 2022 Quarters Silver and Clad Proof Set
U.S. Mint product images of the 2022 Quarters Silver Proof Set and the 2022 Quarters Proof Set. The sets feature the five 2022 quarters in proof quality.

Proof coins, also made specially for collectors, have frosted foregrounds and mirror-like backgrounds. Compositions of the clad proof quarters are the same as those released into circulation while silver proof quarters are minted in 99.9% fine silver. The clad set will be $21, and the silver set will be $73.

Finally, the U.S. Mint will also offer five ornaments with each featuring one of the quarters in proof quality. Release dates, prices, and their images have yet to be unveiled.

2022 Quarter Images

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

Maya Angelou Quarter

2022-S Proof Maya Angelou quarter
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-S Proof Maya Angelou quarter

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 Quarter

2022-S Proof Dr. Sally Ride quarter
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-S Proof Dr. Sally Ride quarter

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 Quarter

2022-S Proof Wilma Mankiller quarter
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-S Proof Wilma Mankiller quarter

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 Quarter

2022-S Proof Nina Otero-Warren quarter
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-S Proof Nina Otero-Warren quarter

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 Quarter

2022-S Proof Anna May Wong quarter
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-S Proof Anna May Wong quarter

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 Quarter Obverses

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.

U.S. Mint image American Women Quarter Obverse
U.S. Mint image of the obverse or heads side of
an American Women Quarter. The design is common across the quarters in the four-year series.

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."

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Antonio

Finally the original image of George Washington, as it should have been, will be on a circulating U.S. quarter. Long overdue.

Major D

Nope. No circulating quarters in my area, and I do not expect to see any. Still haven’t seen any 2021. Banks here are still not getting any Reserve coin rolls. I just checked again today. Only rolls are old coins that have been brought in by customers. Somewhere there must be a huge stockpile of the billions the Mint said it produced.

JWP

I just picked up 20 new wrapped rolls today and I went through 10 yesterday. I don’t always get the new wrapped rolls, but got lucky this week.

Daniel

I got a 2022 Maya Angelou in change today at a convenience store here in Mid Michigan. Very surprised.

c_q

seems these quarter designs always lose something when they go from pencil sketch to actual metal. the anna may wong quarter is a perfect example – the eyes in the pencil sketch lose much of their impact by the time it gets stamped into metal.

and no, i’m not suggesting the mint start painting coins – rather, they should have some sort of software to run the pencil sketches through so artists can see how it will get rendered into metal, and adjust accordingly.

Rich

Speaking of colorizing coins, like the upcoming Purple Heart colorized silver dollar: Orders for the limited-edition colorized 2022-P National Purple Heart Hall of Honor silver dollar will be restricted to one coin per household with a maximum product limit of 25,000 coins, however the U.S. Mint has not disclosed whether 10% of the total limited number of coins available will be assigned to the Authorized Bulk Purchase Program, for advance purchase by the 18 dealers who participate in that program. Yesterday, Coin World reported on a potential method collectors can employ to help in ordering and securing upcoming releases that… Read more »

Rich

Sir Kaiser, unfortunately this is all the information in it’s entirety on the subject contained in the Coin World, US Coins News article, “Limits planned for Purple Heart colorized silver dollar” by Paul Gilkes, Coin World, Published: Jan 28, 2022. It does appear to imply the use of this method for ordering the upcoming Purple Heart commems, which are currently in the coming soon “Remind Me” mode. I myself have not tested or tried it in placing orders for limited-edition numismatic products as referenced. BTW, do you happen to know if the 18 dealers who participate in Authorized Bulk Purchase… Read more »

Rich

Force be with you, Sir Kaiser.

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Antonio

You’re absolved. lol.

Rich

That’s worthy of a good chuckle.

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My Name is Not important

Why was the direction of Washington reversed and why was his head made larger?

Paul Bergeron

The 2022 AWQ image of Washington was created in 1931 by Laura Gardin Fraser, and that design won the competition to be used on the new “Washington quarter” that would be introduced in 1932 to replace “Standing Liberty” quarter. The winning Fraser design was rejected by US Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who decided to use an alternative design by John Flanagan for the US quarter featuring George Washington.1932 was the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth and that had motivated the design competition to come up with an image of Washington for the 1932 quarter. Flanagan’s version faced opposite Fraser’s… Read more »

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Vincent

Love the George Washington design Really captures the Spirit of America’s founding father !

Lindsey

Why is facing the same way as Lincoln