United States Mint Announces Designs for 2023 American Women Quarters

The United States Mint is pleased to announce the designs for the second year of the American Women Quarters Program. Authorized by Public Law 116-330, this four-year program features coins with reverse designs emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of trailblazing American women. Beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2025, the Mint is issuing five quarters in each of these years. The ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse group of individuals honored through this program reflects a wide range of accomplishments and fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts.

The 2023 coins recognize the achievements of Bessie Coleman, Jovita Idár, Edith Kanakaʻole, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Maria Tallchief.

“I am pleased to announce the designs of the 2023 American Women Quarters,” said Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson. “These beautiful designs honor the achievements of these amazing women and add to the Mint’s rich history of rendering the history of our Nation in enduring examples of numismatic art.”

2023 American Women Quarters Reverse Designs

The Secretary of the Treasury selected the following designs in accordance with the design selection process:

Bessie Coleman

  • Designed by Chris Costello, Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer
  • Sculpted by Eric David Custer, United States Mint Medallic Artist

Depicts Bessie Coleman as she suits up in preparation for flight, her expression reflective of her determination to take to the skies. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “BESSIE COLEMAN,” and “6.15.1921,” the date Coleman received her pilot’s license.

Jovita Idár

  • Designed and Sculpted by John P. McGraw, United States Mint Medallic Artist

Depicts a portrait of Jovita Idár with her hands clasped. Within her body are inscriptions representing some of her greatest accomplishments and the newspapers for which she wrote. The text includes the inscriptions “MEXICAN AMERICAN RIGHTS,” “TEACHER,” “JOVITA IDAR,” “NURSE,” “EVOLUCIÓN,” “ASTREA,” “EL HERALDO CRISTIANO,” “LA CRUZ BLANCA,” “JOURNALIST,” “LA CRÓNICA,” “EL PROGRESO,” and “LA LIGA FEMENIL MEXICANISTA,” as well as “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

Edith Kanakaʻole

  • Designed by Emily Damstra, AIP Designer
  • Sculpted by Renata Gordon, United States Mint Medallic Artist

Depicts a portrait of Edith Kanakaʻole, with her hair and lei poʻo (head lei) morphing into the elements of a Hawaiian landscape, symbolizing Kanakaʻole’s life’s work of preserving the natural land and traditional Hawaiian culture. The inscription “E hō mai ka ʻike” translates as “granting the wisdom,” and is a reference to the intertwined role hula and chants play in this preservation. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “25¢,” and “EDITH KANAKAʻOLE.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Designed by Don Everhart, AIP Designer
  • Sculpted by Craig A. Campbell, United States Mint Medallic Artist

Depicts a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the scales of justice against a backdrop representing the globe, symbolic of her impactful work with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES of AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “ELEANOR ROOSEVELT,” and “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.”

Maria Tallchief

  • Designed by Ben Sowards, AIP Designer
  • Sculpted by Joseph Menna, United States Mint Chief Engraver

Depicts Maria Tallchief spotlit in a balletic pose, and her Osage name, which translates to “Two Standards,” written in Osage orthography. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” and “MARIA TALLCHIEF.”

Common Obverse Design

The common obverse design of all coins in the American Women Quarters Program is by Laura Gardin Fraser, one of the most prolific female sculptors of the early 20th century, whose works span the art and numismatic worlds. Fraser’s design depicts a portrait of George Washington, which she originally composed and sculpted as a candidate to mark George Washington’s 200th birthday. Though recommended for the 1932 quarter, then-Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon ultimately selected the familiar John Flanagan design. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2023.”

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usmintThe US Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.

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