Anna May Wong Quarters Enter Circulation


Today, Oct. 24, the United States Mint starts shipping Anna May Wong quarters for circulation.

CoinNews photo 2022 Anna May Wong Quarter
This CoinNews photo shows a 2022 Anna May Wong Quarter (reverse side)

Considered the first Chinese American movie star in Hollywood, Anna May Wong is one of this year’s five trailblazing women celebrated on 25-cent coinage as a part of the U.S. Mint’s four-year series of American Women quarter dollars.

Earlier honorees include Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, and Nina Otero-Warren. This series will continue through 2025 with designs for 2023 already announced.

"The fifth coin in our American Women Quarters Program honors Anna May Wong, a courageous advocate who championed for increased representation and more multi-dimensional roles for Asian American actors," said U.S. Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson. "This quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments by Anna May Wong, who overcame challenges and obstacles she faced during her lifetime."

Created by Emily Damstra and sculpted by John P. McGraw, the new quarter’s reverse (tails side) depicts a close-up image of Anna May Wong with her head resting on her hand, surrounded by the bright lights of a marquee sign.

Obverses (heads side) for all quarters in the series share a depiction of George Washington that was sculpted 90 years ago by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark Washington’s 200th birthday.

Quarters for circulation are struck at U.S. Mint production facilities in Philadelphia and Denver.

Upcoming also, on Oct. 25, the Mint at will offer Anna May Wong quarters in an uncirculated finish for coin collectors. Uncirculated quarters originate from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. They are hand-loaded into coining presses and struck on specially burnished blanks to a produce a brilliant finish. Product options will include a two-roll set, a three-roll set, and 100-coin bags at prices ranging from $36 to $54.

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sam tweedy

You can give these out for Halloween, but then they would compete with the Wicked Witch!!!! YIKES!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>RUN FORREST RUN!!!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>

sam tweedy

The two best quarter designs: the 1976 Drummer Boy and 2021 Washington Crossing the Delaware.


Were you able to get a roll of Washington Crossing the Delaware quarters? I’m finding them regularly in my change and hold on to them because I like the rendition of Washington on the obverse.

East Coast Guru

This is all very interesting about the special burnished blanks being used for the roll sets. High prices are being asked right now for these rolls, especially the S. However, my gut tells me that these prices will eventually come down to earth in a few years once silver and gold move up significantly in price. Plus, I don’t see a lot of sustained collector demand for these in the long run either. One man’s opinion. Enjoy your Monday everyone.


I’ll stick with my silver S, thank you.


How does everyone feel about the Washington on the AWQs?


That Mellon shouldn’t have interfered in the coin design. It’s good to know I’m in good company.


For nine decades.

Raouf Zaidan

Hello all, I wanted to get the Anna May Wong quarters to give my Asian students as a gift … are they available yet? Let me know please. We are in Colorado.