¼ Dollar ''Washington Quarter'' Maya Angelou

¼ Dollar ''Washington Quarter'' (Maya Angelou) -  obverse¼ Dollar ''Washington Quarter'' (Maya Angelou) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2022
Value ¼ Dollar = 25 Cents (0.25 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel clad copper
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 24.26 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 314278
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 766
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Maya Angelou

Series: American Women Quarter Program

Obverse

Portrait of George Washington, facing right.

Lettering:
LIBERTY
IN GOD WE TRUST
2022

Engraver: Laura Gardin Fraser

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser. Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912.

Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser. Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912.

Reverse

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.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
MAYA ANGELOU
E PLURIBUS UNUM
QUARTER DOLLAR

Engraver: Craig Campbell

Designer: Emily Damstra

Edge

Reeded

Mints

D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
P United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The obverse (heads) depicts a portrait of George Washington, originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark George Washington’s 200th birthday. A recommended design for the 1932 quarter, then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately selected the familiar John Flannigan design.

The Maya Angelou Quarter is the first coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program. Maya Angelou was a celebrated writer, performer, and social activist. She rose to international prominence as an author after the publication of her groundbreaking autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Angelou’s published works of verse, non-fiction, and fiction include more than 30 bestselling titles.

Angelou’s remarkable career encompasses dance, theater, journalism, and social activism. She appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including “Cabaret for Freedom,” which she wrote with Godfrey Cambridge. At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she served as northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1978, she was a National Book Award judge for biography and autobiography.

Angelou read “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1992 inauguration of President Clinton. Angelou’s reading marked the first time an African American woman wrote and presented a poem at a presidential inauguration. She was also only the second poet in history to do so, following Robert Frost, who recited a poem at President Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.

Angelou received more than 30 honorary degrees and was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame for Writers. In 2010, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community.

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2022 D $ 0.99 53%
2022 P $ 0.37 $ 0.45 $ 0.51 $ 1.05 55%
2022 S $ 3.09 12% Proof
2022 S $ 4.75 5% Uncirculated finish

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