Rolls and bags of uncirculated Dr. Sally Ride quarters officially launch today at noon ET, marking the second release from the U.S. Mint’s four-year series of American Women quarter dollars.
Each features a design depicting Dr. Sally Ride as she is remembered by most — the first American woman to travel into space. The new quarter appears in sets of 40-coin rolls and in 100-coin bags.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she blasted off aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. Adding to that feat, she was only 32 making her the youngest American in space up to that time. Before that, Ride graduated with a PhD from Stanford with Astrophysics and free electron lasers serving as her specific area of study. Following her days as an astronaut, Ride served on commissions investigating the Challenger and Columbia disasters and wrote or co-wrote several space related children’s books encouraging them to pursue science interests.
Dr. Sally Ride Quarter Designs and Specifications
The quarter’s reverse (tails side) design was inspired by Dr. Sally Ride’s quote, "But when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth." Accordingly, the image depicts Ride next to a window on the space shuttle with planet Earth off in the distance.
The inscription "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is intentionally positioned over the Earth next to the U.S., recognizing that Ride was the first American woman in space. Additional inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," and "DR. SALLY RIDE."
This design is the original work of United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Elana Hagler. It was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.
All coins of the new series bear the same obverse (heads side) portrait of George Washington. The image of the first President of the United States was originally designed by Laura Gardin Fraser as a candidate entry for the 1932 quarter dollar, which honored the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth.
Obverse inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2022."
|Composition:||8.33% nickel, balance copper|
|Diameter:||0.955 inch (24.26 mm)|
|Mint and Mint Mark:||Philadelphia – P
Denver – D
San Francisco – S
Products and Pricing
Four options are available as part of this new quarter dollar release:
- Dr. Sally Ride 100-Coin Bag (P) for $40
- Dr. Sally Ride 100-Coin Bag (D) for $40
- Dr. Sally Ride 2-Roll Set (P&D) with 40 coins per roll for $36
- Dr. Sally Ride 3-Roll Set (P, D & S) with 40 coins per roll for $54
Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints produced the coins indicated by the P, D or S.
Dr. Sally Ride quarters may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog of American Women Quarters.
U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters™ Program
American Women Quarters are authorized under Public Law 116-330. The series is scheduled to run for four years at a rate of five per year — for a total of twenty unique designs, each showcasing the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of the U.S.
2022 American Women quarters honor the following individuals. (see 2022 quarter images):
- Maya Angelou – noted author and poet
- Dr. Sally Ride – physicist, astronaut, educator, and first American woman to soar into space
- Wilma Man Killer – first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights
- 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, who left a legacy for women in the film industry
Rolls and bags of Maya Angelou quarters launched in February. Rolls and bags of the remaining three quarters will be issued this summer, spring and fall. A proof set of all five 2022 quarters sold out virtually immediately when it was released on March 8. A proof set of the quarters struck in .999 fine silver will go on sale March 29. Finally, five U.S. Mint ornaments containing each 2022 quarter are planned for a summer release.