We are pleased to offer for sale this 2022-S Maya Angelou American Women Quarter in GEM PROOF condition from the US Mint. This Quarter comes from the San Francisco (S) Mint.
Information on Maya Angelou:
Maya Angelou is featured on the first coin of this American Women Quarters program, minted and issued in 2022.
Maya Angelou was a writer, poet, performer, social activist, and teacher who rose to international prominence as an author after the publication of her groundbreaking autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
A few of her many accomplishments include:
Reading of "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's 1992 inauguration, which marked the first time an African American woman presented her own work at this event
A remarkable career which encompasses dance, theater, journalism, and social activism
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2010
Received more than 30 honorary degrees
Inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame for Writers
The reverse 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. The silhouette of the bird depicts a Purple Martin, a songbird common to Angelou's birthplace. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," "MAYA ANGELOU," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
About the American Women Quarter Series
The American Women quarters program is a series of quarters from the U.S. Mint.
Beginning in 2022, and continuing through 2025, the Mint will issue five new quarters each year featuring reverse designs
honoring prominent American women. There are to be 20 total designs.
Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads)
design depicting a portrait of George Washington. This design was
originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser as a candidate
entry for the 1932 quarter, which honored the bicentennial of George
Washingtonâs birth. The inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST,"
The American Women Quarters reverse (tails) designs honor a
diverse group of notable American women who made significant
contributions in a variety of fields, including suffrage, civil rights,
abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts. The
women honored are from ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse
The 2022 designs honor the following women:
Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)
An American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
Sally Ride (1951 - 2012)
An American astronaut and physicist.
Wilma Mankiller (1945 - 2010)
A Native American (Cherokee Nation) activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.