U.S. Women Quarters Collection The U.S. Women Quarter Designs

The Washington quarter obverse was modified in 1999 as part of the Statehood quarters program.

The quarter obverse was modified in 2022 as part of the U.S. Women quarters program.

Like the National Park and Statehood quarters before them, the U.S. Women quarters are being minted and issued at the rate of five new designs per year, in approximately ten-week intervals. Once the scheduled ten-week period of production is over for each issue, no more quarters of that design will be minted for circulation. In accordance with the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020, no living person is featured on the coins.

The obverse common to all U.S. Women quarters features a 1931 design of a right-facing bust of George Washington submitted by acclaimed sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser. She was our nation's first woman coin designer, who won the commission to design the 1921 Alabama Centennial Half Dollar. Gardin Fraser's bust of Washington had been chosen as the new obverse for the quarter planned for the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth in 1932, but ultimately was not chosen by then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.

When it comes to coinage art, each one-year-only reverse design showcases the talents of the new generation of designers commissioned under the U.S. Mint's innovative Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) and sculpted by its medallic artists.

Reverse Designs

2022

2022 U.S. Women Quarter designs
Maya Angelou – celebrated writer, performer, social activist
Designer: Emily Damstra, AIP Designer
Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell, Medallic Artist
The design depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived. Inscriptions are united states of america, maya angelou, e pluribus unum and quarter dollar."
Dr. Sally Ride – physicist, astronaut, educator, and first American woman to soar into space
Designer: Elana Hagler, AIP Designer
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
This design depicts Dr. Ride next to a window on the space shuttle, inspired by her quote, "But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth." The inscription e pluribus unum is intentionally positioned over the Earth next to America, indicating that out of all women in the United States, Dr. Ride was the first into space. The additional inscriptions are united states of america, quarter dollar and dr. sally ride.
Wilma Mankiller – first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women's rights
Designer: Ben Sowards, AIP Designer
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
This design depicts Wilma Mankiller with a resolute gaze to the future. The wind is at her back, and she is wrapped in a traditional shawl. To her left is the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation. Inscriptions are united states of america, e pluribus unum, quarter dollar, wilma mankiller, principal chief and cherokee nation, which is written in the Cherokee syllabary.
Nina Otero-Warren – a leader in New Mexico's suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools
Designer: Chris Costello, AIP Designer
Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell, Medallic Artist
The design features an image of Nina Otero-Warren on the left, flanked by three individual Yucca flowers – New Mexico's state flower. Inscriptions are united states of america, quarter dollar, e pluribus unum, nina otero-warren and voto para la mujer, the Spanish counterpart for the suffragist slogan "Votes for Women."
Anna May Wong – first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, who left a legacy for women in the film industry
Designer: Emily Damstra, AIP Designer
Sculptor: John P. McGraw, Medallic Artist
This design features a close-up image of Anna May Wong with her head resting on her hand, surrounded by the bright lights of a marquee sign. Inscriptions are united states of america, e pluribus unum, quarter dollar and anna may wong.