The United States has unveiled the designs for the second-year coins in their four-year series of US Women’s Quarter Dollars. Authorized under Public Law 116-330, the Wards program has reverses (tails) honoring the achievements of women who have helped shape American history.
There will be five unique designs each year from 2022 to 2025. The designs for 2023 recognize the achievements of Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanaka’ole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idar and Maria Tallchief.
“I am pleased to announce the designs for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Quarters,” said Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson. “These stunning designs pay homage to the achievements of these extraordinary women and add to the rich history of the Royal Canadian Mint which has rendered our nation’s history into enduring examples of numismatic art.”
Line art images published by the US Mint and descriptions of the five quarter designs follow.
Bessie Coleman – first African-American pilot and first Native American woman
Designate: Chris Costello, designer of the artistic infusion program
Sculptor: Eric David Custer, United States Mint Medal Artist
This design depicts Bessie Coleman as she dresses to prepare for flight, her expression reflecting her determination to take flight, the only place she has experienced a freedom she did not have on the ground. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “QUARTER DOLLAR”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “BESSIE COLEMAN” and “6.15.1921”, the date Coleman received his pilot’s license.
Edith Kanaka’ole – native Hawaiian composer, guardian of native culture and traditions
Designate: Emily Damstra, designer of the artistic infusion program
Sculptor: Renata Gordon, United States Mint Medal Artist
This design features a portrait of Edith Kanaka’ole, with her hair and lei po’o (head lei) transforming into elements of a Hawaiian landscape, symbolizing Kanaka’ole’s life’s work to preserve the natural land and traditional Hawaiian culture. The inscription “E hō mai ka ‘ike” translates to “granting wisdom” and refers to the interwoven role of hula and chanting in this preservation. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “25¢” and “EDITH KANAKA’OLE”.
Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady, author, and civil liberties advocate
Designate: Don Everhart, designer of the artistic infusion program
Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell, United States Mint Medal Artist
This design features a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the scales of justice against a globe background, a symbol of her impactful work with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “QUARTER DOLLAR”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “ELEANOR ROOSEVELT” and “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS”.
Jovita Idar – Mexican American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist
Designate: John P. McGraw, United States Mint Medal Artist
Sculptor: John P. McGraw, United States Mint Medal Artist
This design depicts a portrait of Jovita Idar with her hands clasped. In her body are inscriptions depicting some of her greatest accomplishments and the journals 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”.
Maria Tallchief – America’s first prima ballerina
Designate: Ben Sowards, designer of the artistic infusion program
Sculptor: Joseph Menna, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint
This design features Maria Tallchief lit by spotlights in a ballet pose, and her name Osage, which translates to “Two Standards”, written in the Osage spelling. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “QUARTER DOLLAR” and “MARIA TALLCHIEF”.
Common obverse design
The obverse (head side) design is common to all quarters of the four-year series. It features a portrait of George Washington and was originally created by artist Laura Gardin Fraser to mark Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932.
The inscriptions include “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2022”.
Product release dates for the US Mint Quarter 2023 are expected to be available later this year.
The quarters of 2202 pay homage to Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong.