Maya Angelou and Sally Ride among women to be featured on US coins

Quarter coins will get a new look from 2022, thanks to the American Women Quarters program of the US Mint.

The plays will feature trailblazers from various eras in American history, including poet and writer Maya Angelou, actress Anna May Wong, politician Nina Otero-Warren, astronaut and physicist Sally Ride, and the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller.

US Mint announced the designs on October 6, 2021.

The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year program, and until 2025, the program will introduce women to the tails of every room. The initiative was authorized by Congress earlier this year.

Each piece will have a unique design. Angelou’s quarter represents her with her arms raised against the wings of a bird in flight and rays of light. The description, according to US Mint, reads: “The reverse (tail) represents Maya Angelou with her arms raised. Behind her, a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of her way of life.

All parts drawings and descriptions can be seen here and below:

None of the women chosen to appear on the coins are still alive, because, according to the US Mint: “Public law requires that no living person appear on the designs of the coins.”


American Women’s Quarters Program | American currency. Accessed October 12, 2021.

Maya Angelou district | American Women’s Quarters | American currency. Accessed October 12, 2021.

Treisman, Rachel. “Maya Angelou, Sally Ride and other pioneer women will be featured on American plays.” NPR, Oct. 7, 2021. NPR,

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