Bessie Coleman Quarters Available in Rolls and Bags


Roll and bags of the newest coin from the United States Mint’s four-year series of American Women Quarters™ are available today at noon EST with the release of 2023 Bessie Coleman quarters.

US Mint image 2022 P D S Bessie Coleman quarter and rolls
U.S. Mint image of a 2022 Bessie Coleman quarter and P, D, and S rolls of them
US Mint image 2022-PBessie Coleman quarter and bag
U.S. Mint image of a 2022-P Bessie Coleman quarter and a 100-coin bag of them

Each option contains quarters in uncirculated quality with a reverse (tails side) design honoring the first African American and first Native American woman pilot. Coleman also has the distinction of being the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license.

Made for collectors, specially burnished blanks are used for these quarters which are hand-loaded into coining presses resulting in a strike with a brilliant finish. Products for the release include:

  • Two-Roll Sets for $40 – containing 40 quarters produced at the Philadelphia Mint and 40 quarters produced at the Denver Mint
  • Three-Roll Sets for $60 – containing 40 quarters from Philadelphia Mint, 40 from the Denver Mint and 40 from the San Francisco Mint
  • 100-Coin Bags for $45 – buyers have the choice of 100 coins from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint

As for the three-roll sets, the Mint stated:

"Because of overwhelming demand, much of the production of the three-roll sets is accounted for through subscription. Should any inventory become available, those products will be made available via the ‘Remind Me’ feature."

Regular circulating Bessie Coleman quarters started shipping Jan. 3 to Federal Reserve Banks and their coin terminals for distribution into circulation. As such, some may have already found their way into your pocket change. All circulating coins are produced in either Philadelphia or Denver.

Bessie Coleman Quarter Designs

The reverse of each new quarter offers an image of Bessie Coleman as she suits up in preparation for flight, with her gaze fixed on the skies. A plane appears off in the distance.

Bessie Coleman quarter - reverse
Bessie Coleman quarter – reverse

Inscriptions around the design include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "BESSIE COLEMAN" and "6.15.1921," the date Coleman received her pilot’s license. This design was created by Artistic Infusion Program Designer Chris Costello with sculpting by United States Mint Medallic Artist Eric David Custer.

All coins in the series share the same obverse (heads side) likeness of George Washington. The portrait was originally created by artist Laura Gardin Fraser to mark Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932.

CoinNews photo obverse uncirculated 2022 quarter
This CoinNews photo shows the obverse (heads side) of an uncirculated 2022 quarter. Aside from the date, 2023 quarter obverses are the same.

Obverse inscriptions read: "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "2023."

Quarter Specifications

Denomination: Quarter
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 8.33% nickel, balance copper
Weight: 5.670 grams
Diameter: 0.955 inch (24.26 mm)
Edge: Reeded
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia – P
Denver – D
San Francisco – S
Privy Mark: None


Rolls and bags of Bessie Coleman quarters may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog quarter products.

Initial household order limits of three each of the two-roll and three-roll sets have been established along with a limit of 10 per bag option.

U.S. Mint’s Women Quarters Program

Quarters of the series are authorized by Public Law 116-330 and will include a total of twenty issues over four years at a rate of five per year. Each celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of the United States. 2022 quarters honor Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong.

In addition to Bessie Coleman, 2023 quarters celebrate:

  • Edith Kanaka’ole – indigenous Hawaiian composer, custodian of native culture and traditions
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady, author, and civil liberties advocate
  • Jovita Idar – Mexican-American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist
  • Maria Tallchief – America’s first prima ballerina

These coins will be released in intervals throughout the year. In addition, numismatic grade clad proof and silver proof sets will be issued by the U.S. Mint along with holiday ornaments.

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Major D, I also am curious to see what transpires. There have been more than a few collectors, speculators, hobbyists, that bailed out after the price raises. However there appears to be more than a few “newbies” ready to take their place. I just feel like the US Mint isn’t even trying? I mean what do they really care? They get nothing more, nothing less, no matter how they perform? What’s the incentive besides pride? Many never had it, many never will! Too many think that something is owed to them? Much like collectors believing the US Mint owes its… Read more »


Damn Kaiser Wilhelm are you related to or are you actually Mr Norris, because there is no doubt, “you definitely do it your way”! LOL BTW, I’m glad “you do you”, the way that you do!


LOL Kaiser Wilhelm,
Thanks for the sincere belly laugh, which awakened my slumbering dog! Haha


Let sleeping dogs lie.


He didn’t mind too much as he’s one of those nosy, clingy, chocolate Labs! He’s got to be everywhere and anywhere I’m at in addition to moving and following me. I should be so lucky! Spitting image of our dog Hershey! Except Hershey has more gray in the muzzle and around eyes, like me! Haha


1326 Available, should be quick sell out


the subscription had been sold out, early this morning there were 1325 rolls available, so someone must have cancelled a subscription. I guess under subscription the mint sells about 90% or so and then releases the rest on the day of the sale. On the bright side for me, I finally opened my roll of Innovation dollars. one coin has an error. The printing on the edge is incomplete. you can see a P and 3 starts, and also LURIBUS UN. This is obviously different than simply not getting the edge not printed that occurred on the Washington and Adams… Read more »


we shall see. there is a coin ‘show’ here at the end of May, so I guess I will check then.
Just received email saying my 3 roll set is in the mail. guess I have an ‘early release’. ha


and the ebay sellers rejoice…


We’ll be feared like the Hun.


looked at E-BAY
If I counted correctly, currently 83 3 roll sets up for sale and 45 have already been sold. that would be 128 rolls in total. that would be a little more than 1% of total available from the mint. I did not search to see if someone broke up the 3 roll set and sold the S roll separately, nor for those who broke up the roll selling the coins separately, so the count at 1% is understated.


Thanks for the update Tom! BTW if anyone is interested the AWQ’s PDS Subscriptions have been available off and on throughout today.


I meant to address the issue of race, conspiracy and politics. Also unscrupulous flippers and dealers, as in a certain Mike.

Seth Riesling

Darrin Lee Unser,
& Mike Unser,

This article states that these quarters are struck on special planchets, burnished & hand-fed into the coinage presses – this is totally wrong! The Mint’s website does not list “condition” in the specifications section, but in the description section it states what has been true since the “S”, “P” & “D” Mint mark coins in rolls were first offered many years ago – they are circulating-quality coins struck just like all that are put into circulation.


Last edited 1 year ago by Seth Riesling