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2022-D American Women Anna May Wong Quarter : A Collector’s Guide

2022-D American Women Quarter - Anna May Wong. Image: United States Mint / Adobe Stock.
2022-D American Women Quarter – Anna May Wong. Image: United States Mint / Adobe Stock.

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes …..

The Anna May Wong American Women Quarter was released on October 25, 2022, the fifth coin in the series and the fifth coin in the 20-coin American Women Quarters program’s first year. Authorized by Public Law 116-330 (PDF link), the series began in 2022 and will continue through 2025, with each year seeing five new reverse designs commemorating the achievements and legacies of historically and culturally significant women. It follows the successful 50 State Quarters and America the Beautiful National Park Quarters programs and the Washington Crossing the Delaware one-year reverse type of 2021.

Anna May Wong – Chinese American Star of the Silver Screen

Anna May Wong (Wong Liu Tsong) was born on January 3, 1905 in Los Angeles, California, to second-generation Chinese immigrants and would go on to become the first Asian American woman Hollywood star. Living in L.A. as the motion picture industry was transplanted to the area, Wong became enchanted by the nickelodeons and early cinema as a young child–so enamored, in fact, that she was only 11 years old when she created her stage name “Anna May Wong”. She started working as a film extra as a teenager and soon decided to drop out of high school to pursue acting as a profession.

She received her first billing for the silent film Bits of Life (1921) opposite Lon Chaney, and her first leading role in The Toll of the Sea (1922) when she was just 17. Her work garnered praise from critics and fans, but movie studios were averse to casting her in parts that matched her talents due to her ethnicity, so Anna May Wong was stuck in supporting roles that were usually “exotic” or stereotypical (i.e., the “dragon lady”). Such roles included her work in The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and Peter Pan (1924), though her performances in both were and still are noteworthy.

Wong did, however, star in The Dragon Horse (1927), which featured Asian American actors playing Asian parts. But that movie was funded by the Chinese government and Chinese American businesses and was a rare example of what could be done outside of the Hollywood system.

Disillusioned, and after an attempt to create her own film production company to make movies based on Chinese folklore fell through, Anna May Wong left America for Europe, where she made films like Piccadilly (1929)–her last silent, thought by some to be her finest–and The Flame of Love (1930), her first talkie. Not only was Flame her first talkie but she recorded her dialogue in three languages: English, German, and French.

Lured back to America with the promise of better roles, she found herself mistreated and misused yet again, though she never stopped fighting for more accurate representations of Chinese culture in her roles. She would perform in Shanghai Express (1932) starring Marlene Dietrich, arguably the peak of her Hollywood career.

Nevertheless, Wong continued to battle prejudice and stereotypes, finding roles in small-budget B-movies that provided the dignity and challenge so often missing from the prestige pieces. She also appeared on television and the stage. Anna May Wong died on February 3, 1961.

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Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens

Collectors have shown more interest in the American Women Quarters series than might be expected for yet another round of multi-year changing reverses. Part of the appeal may be the simple fact that these designs depict people instead of landscapes or buildings, but it doesn’t hurt that the women featured on the quarter have interesting stories and the designs have sometimes been highly innovative.

The Mint began shipping 2022-P and 2022-D Anna May Wong Quarters to banks on October 24, with the public being able to obtain rolls of coins sometime in late October or early November. Otherwise, the Mint made Anna May Wong Quarter product options available for purchase on October 25, the official day of release. These products included 100-coin bags of uncirculated business strike quarters (P or D), which were sold for $40.00 each; a two-roll set consisting of one roll each from Philadelphia and Denver for a total of 80 coins, which sold for $36.00; and a three-roll set of P-, D-, and S-mint quarters, which sold for $54.00.

At the time of writing in May 2024, NGC reports a total of 1,395 grading events (including Prooflikes) for the 2022-D quarter, most of which (503 plus 113 PLs) are certified MS67. There are 27 top pop MS69 pieces (32 PLs) and 244 coins graded MS68 (118 PLs). The Mint State grade with the second-highest population is 66, with 350 reported (but only four PLs this time).

A top pop NGC MS69 with a George Washington novelty label sold on eBay for $199.95 on May 1, 2024, but as more examples get graded over time–as is inevitable with modern coin issues–prices like this will come down. Examples graded NGC MS68 seem to go for about $35 at the moment.

As for PCGS, there are 630 total grading events reported for the 2022-D Anna May Wong Quarter, with 27 at the top pop of MS67. The majority of the PCGS census comes in at MS67 (286). A search of PCGS-certified sales on eBay in May 2024 showed only two results and the spread is so wide as to be meaningless. Still, the PCGS MS68 top pop example listed below did sell for the same price as the NGC MS69 PL top pop coin, which is perhaps more informative.

CAC Grading has neither stickered nor certified any examples of the 2022-D Anna May Wong Quarter.

Raw, uncirculated coins have sold recently for an average of $1.50 on eBay.

Top Population: PCGS MS68 (27, 5/2024), NGC MS69 (27, 5/2024), and CAC N/A (0:0 stickered:graded, 5/2024).

  • NGC MS69 PL #6583082-021: eBay, May 1, 2024 –  $199.95. American Women novelty insert.
  • NGC MS69 #8130648-018: eBay, April 28, 2024 –  $134.95. American Women novelty insert.
  • PCGS MS68 #48337386: eBay, March 7, 2024 –  $199.95.
  • NGC MS68 #8130646-101: eBay, May 2, 2024 –  $35.00. American Women novelty insert.

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Coin Design


Instead of a version of John Flanagan’s bust of George Washington that has been on the front of the quarter since 1932, the common obverse of all American Women Quarters depicts a portrait of Washington originally sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark Washington’s 200th birthday. Though her work was a recommended design for the 1932 quarter, then-Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon ultimately selected the familiar Flanagan design.


The reverse features a close-up of Anna May Wong’s face as she appeared in her heyday of the late 1920s to early ’30s, her chin resting on her elegant left hand. To the left is her name ANNA MAY WONG in three lines. Surrounding the central motif is a marquee sign, replete with dots that resemble light bulbs. Running clockwise along the top of the marquee is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The denomination QUARTER DOLLAR is below Ms. Wong, and in a separate line beneath that is the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Emily Damstra created the design; her initials ESD are located on the left of the interior space of the coin. Mint Medallic Artist John P. McGraw sculpted the design; his initials JPM are found on Anna May Wong’s hand.

Below is a video from the United States Mint discussing the 2022-D American Women Anna May Wong Quarter:



The edge of the 2022-D Anna May Wong Quarter is reeded with 119 reeds.

Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year Of Issue: 2022
Denomination: Quarter Dollar (25 Cents USD)
Mintmark: D (Denver)
Mintage: 240,800,000
Alloy: .750 copper, .250 nickel outer layer, bonded to pure copper inner core
Weight: 5.67 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Edge: Reeded
OBV Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser
REV Designer: Emily Damstra | John P. McGraw
Quality: Business Strike


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