Bessie Coleman Quarters Enter Circulation


Today, Jan. 3, the United States Mint began shipping 2023 Bessie Coleman quarters to Federal Reserve Banks and their coin terminals for distribution into circulation. The coin marks the sixth release from the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters™ Program.

Bessie Coleman quarter
Bessie Coleman quarter

Previous issues from the Mint’s four-year coin series honor Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong. These quarters were released in 2022. Quarters for 2023 celebrate Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanaka’ole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idar and Maria Tallchief.

"The woman known as ‘Brave Bessie’ defied the odds and became an aviator. Her tenacious drive and fearless personality helped pave the way for future generations," said U.S. Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson.

Created by Chris Costello and sculpted by Eric David Custer, the new quarter’s reverse (tails side) depicts Bessie Coleman as she suits up in preparation for flight. Her expression is reflective of her determination to take to the skies, the only place she experienced a freedom she did not have on the ground.

Obverses (heads side) for all quarters in the series share a depiction of George Washington which 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.

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Mint at will offer Bessie Coleman 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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And sometime this morning my subscriptions have reappeared. Maybe so for the Kaiser as well, and he can stop fretting! As for the women’s quarters that means for the year (not just the first issue) they are sold out (at least all the subscriptions) so unless people drop out you are out of luck, except on the day of release when you get to fight for the very few rolls that might be available, either because the mint holds a few in reserve for the day of release, or there are rolls in limbo land (those belonging to people who… Read more »


the pre-sale madness has started on e-bay. 6.95 for 1 pds 3 quarter set or
the 3 roll set is going for 175, 179.99, 188, and even 229.79. Be carful you don’t get trampled under the rush! I figured you ordered extras, but I didn’t look to see which one of those was you. HA! I’m going to make a guess, though I didn’t look, that all of a sudden, the 2022 rolls are back on the market, and a lot more expensive.


Wonder if one will be for Amelia Earhart in the future.

Dazed and Coinfused

It can be like a cracker jack prize. Part of the finders collection. Like Wonka tickets


ah, but coins can only be of deceased people. The National Enquirer and other such magazines tells us Ms. Earhart is still alive, just like Elvis….:)