The U.S. Mint has released its design for the quarter, which will be released in early 2022, with American women trailblazing on the reverse side of the coin.
Five new designs will be published every year between 2022 and 2025. Next year’s coin will feature poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou; Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee nation; Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, leader of the New Mexico suffrage movement; And Anna May Wang, the first Hollywood movie star of Chinese American descent.
Alison L. Dunn, acting director of the United States Mint, said in a statement: “These inspirational coin designs tell the story of five extraordinary women whose contributions have been intact in American culture.” “The next generation will look at the currency with this design and remind them of what can be achieved through vision, determination and a desire to improve opportunities for all.”
The designs will be on the tail of the coin; George Washington will still be head over heels. These are created by the designers of the Mint Artistic Infusion Program in the United States and are sculpted by Mint Medallic artists in the United States. The resemblance to Washington will be different than the other end. The quarter of 2022 was created by sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser in the early 20th century, whose Washington portrait design was originally considered a 1932 coin to celebrate her 200th birthday.
Each design is inspired by the life and work of the celebrated women. Ride’s coin shows him next to a window on the space shuttle. The U.S. Mint said it was inspired by his quote, “But when I wasn’t working, I was usually looking at the earth through a window.”
Mankiller, who was an activist for local women’s rights, is shown wrapped in a traditional themed shawl with Cherokee Nation seven-pointed stars. “Cherokee Nation” written in Cherokee syllabary.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Mankiller’s husband, Charlie Saban, said Mankiller’s legacy and influence made him the perfect choice for the currency program.
“We thank the US Mint for recognizing Wilma and other recipients for this kind of honor,” Saban told Indian Country Today when it was announced that he would be shown earlier this year. “Wilma was a humble, spiritual, great leader whose leadership was not just for the Cherokee people, but for all women and nations. The real value of this coin is the inspiration it brings to Indian people and women everywhere.
Efforts have been made since the administration of former President Barack Obama to get the abolitionist Harriet Tubman to rescue 70 enslaved people via the Underground Railroad on a 20 20 bill instead of Andrew Jackson. It was delayed by former President Donald Trump, who called the move “pure political precision.”
When President Joe Biden took office earlier this year, his administration promised to speed up the process, but The Washington Post reports that Tubman cannot be on a bill before his term expires, or before the end of a fictitious second term.
The American Women Quarters program was developed and approved by Congress this year to celebrate the contribution of significant dead women in the United States, as living people are not allowed to feature coins. According to the US Mint, “Respected women will come from diverse backgrounds, racially, ethnically and geographically.”
Here are five designs:
Contributed by: Gabriela Miranda