2024 American Women Quarter Candidate Designs Unveiled


The United States Mint released proposed designs for the 2024 quarters honoring Patsy Takemoto Mink, Mary Edwards Walker, Pauli Murray, Zitkala-Ša and Celia Cruz.

Several 2024 Quarter Candidate Designs
Five of the 40 candidate cesigns for the 2024 American Women Quarters

These coins will mark the third year for the U.S. Mint American Women Quarters™ Program, a four-year series paying homage to women for their important accomplishments and contributions to the United States and its development.

In total, 40 quarter candidate designs were released Feb 16 for review by Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will consider them on March 1. As outlined in Public Law 116-330, the Treasury Secretary will select one design for each quarter, after consulting with the CFA and CCAC.

The winning design for each honoree will appear on a quarter’s reverse or tails side. (All quarters in the series share the same obverse or heads side image.)

Celia Cruz Quarter Candidate Designs

Six candidate designs were released for the quarter honoring Celia Cruz.

2024 Celia Cruz Quarter Candidate Designs
2024 Celia Cruz Quarter Candidate Designs

Cruz was a naturalized Cuban-American singer who became one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. Born in Cuba, she left the country after the 1959 Cuban revolution, despite already being a star, becoming a de facto spokesperson for Cuban exiles.

Cruz sang with the group Sonora Matancera and the Tito Puente orchestra among others, but really came to fame as a solo artist. Her operatic range as a salsa singer would eventually earn her recognition as the "Queen of Salsa."

Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter Candidate Designs

Six candidate designs were released for the quarter honoring Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray.

2024 Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter Candidate Designs
2024 Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter Candidate Designs

Murray was orphaned at an early age but fought to overcome any disadvantage because of it. She graduated first in her class at Howard University and became the first African American woman to earn a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School, using it to advance her causes of Civil and Women’s Rights issues.

She eventually felt a calling and became an Episcopal priest. She is recognized today as one most influential social justice advocates of the 20th century.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Quarter Candidate Designs

Five candidate designs were released for the quarter honoring Patsy Takemoto Mink.

2024 Patsy Takemoto Mink Quarter Candidate Designs
2024 Patsy Takemoto Mink Quarter Candidate Designs

Mink has the distinction of being the first woman of color and the first Asian-American to serve in Congress. She was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years despite repeated attempts from her own party to defeat her.

However, Mink’s tenacity towards issues such as gender equality, racial equality, health care and education would assure her favor with her constituents and cement her place in history as a formidable politician.

Zitkala-Ša Quarter Candidate Designs

Ten candidate designs were released for the quarter honoring Zitkala-Ša.

2024 Zitkala-Sa Quarter Candidate Designs
2024 Zitkala-Sa Quarter Candidate Designs

Zitkala-Ša (meaning "Red Bird"), also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was born on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota on February 22, 1876. Despite her mother’s disapproval, she went with Quaker missionaries at the age of eight to Wabash, Indiana to learn to read, write and play the violin and piano.

She used the education to become a music teacher and would eventually compose the libretto and songs for the opera Sun Dance based on a sacred Sioux ritual that the federal government had prohibited.

Throughout her life, Zitkala-Ša promoted the causes of education and health care as well as the preservation of Native American culture while ensuring their civil rights.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter Candidate Designs

Thirteen candidate designs were released for the quarter honoring Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.

2024 Dr. Mary Edwards Quarter Candidate Designs
2024 Dr. Mary Edwards Quarter Candidate Designs

Walker became a surgeon in 1855 at a time when very few other women would even consider such a career. Her brave demeanor would not stop there, however. With the start of the American Civil War, Walker attempted to join the Union Army as a medical officer but was denied because of her gender. She volunteered, nonetheless, eventually receiving her commission as the first female surgeon in the army.

While assisting a Confederate doctor across enemy lines with wounded, she was arrested as a spy and held as a prisoner of war for four months. After the war, she received the Medal of Honor becoming the only woman to have ever attained that distinction. She is also remembered for her support of women’s rights and the end of slavery.

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In the article by Mike Unser, the picture at the top is captioned: “Five of the 40 candidate designs for the 2024 American Women Quarters”. I’m not sure if these were his top 5 picks, however 3 of the 5 shown in that picture are my favorites for that issue. My 2 changes would be for the Dr Pauli Murray and Patsy Takemoto Mink AWQ’s. The designs I’d vote for are PM-R-01A and PTM-01, with PM-R-01 and PTM-04 as runner ups. Runner up choices on the other designs are CC-R-04, ZS-01 and MEW-03-A. These are definitely women,of whom my knowledge… Read more »

East Coast Guru

Only one I am interested in is the MOH recipient. I would prefer the option where it says civil war surgeon somewhere on the coin. It would be more educational and respectful of what she did.


I would like them to fit ‘Civil War Surgeon, POW & MOH’ in there if possible.


You mean they don’t consult you about the design choice? They’re missing out on a valuable resource.


At this point, I’m surprised the Mint hasn’t done trial strikes for all their proposed designs on quarters since 1999 so they could sell them (at inflated prices, of course) to the public as patterns

But also because I’m curious how that “HOPE” design for Reverend Murray is supposed to look as a coin. The drawing looks interesting but how does that translate into a struck design? What would the blackened area be? A smooth field or something rougher in appearance to distinguish it from the design within the letters of HOPE?


This is exciting! love seeing what they plan, currently I only have 1/5 of the 2023 quarters lol. I liked most of these designs but I would change a few. Pauli Murray I would change to PM-R-03, though I think we already have a coin similar. love the 2023 designs and cant wait for 2024!