2023 American Women Quarters Proof Set Available Tomorrow From the U.S. Mint

Tomorrow the United States Mint will be releasing the first product featuring all five of the 2023 American Women Quarters. Honoring Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanaka’ole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idar, and Maria Tallchief, the 2023 Proof Set will be available beginning at 12pm EST. Struck at San Francisco, all five coins will be struck in a Proof finish and share a common reverse depicting a portrait of George Washington as originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. The design was an entry for the 1932 quarter which honored the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth.

Bessie Coleman

Designed by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer Chris Costello, the reverse honoring Bessie Coleman will depict her as she suits up in preparation for flight, her expression featuring her fierce determination for the skies as she longed to experience the freedom she did not have on the ground. A pilot, advocate, and pioneer, Coleman was the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license. She was also the first African American and first Native American woman pilot. The design, sculpted by U.S. Mint Medallic Artist, Eric David Custer, also features the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “BESSIE COLEMAN,” and “6.15.1921” which reflects the date Coleman received her pilot’s license.

Jovita Idar

The reverse featuring Jovita Idar, a champion for the Mexican American cause in an attempt to create a better future for immigrants, features her with her hands clasped. Within her body are inscriptions symbolic of her greatest accomplishments and the newspapers she wrote for. Idar was a journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist. She dedicated her life to fighting against separatist ideologies and for the civil rights of Mexican Americans. Featured are 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,” in addition to “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The reverse was designed and sculpted by U.S. Mint Medallic Artist, John P. McGraw.

Edith Kanaka’ole

Sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist, Renata Gordon, and designed by AIP Designer Emily Damstra, the reverse features a portrait of Edith Kanaka’ole with her hair and lei po’o (head lei) morphing into the elements of Hawaii’s landscape. This is to symbolize Kanaka’ole’s life’s work in pursuit of preserving the natural land and traditional Hawaiian culture. An indigenous Hawaiian composer, chanter, dancer, teacher, and entertainer, her stories, or mo’olelo, sought to preserve and rescue parts of Hawaiian history, customs, and traditions that were getting lost due to cultural discrimination at the time. The design features the inscription, “E hō mai ka ‘ike,” which translates into “granting the wisdom” and references the role of hula and chants that play into preservation. Additional inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “25c,” “EDITH KANAKA’OLE.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

The reverse design honoring First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt features a portrait of her and the scales of justice that are set against a background of a globe which is supposed to represent her work with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Roosevelt was an author, leader, and reformer. She was the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission where she oversaw the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was also the first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights where she advocated for civil liberties and those needs of the disadvantaged, poor, and minorities. Designed by Don Everhart (AIP) and sculpted by Craig A. Campbell (Mint Medallic Artist), the design also features the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “ELEANOR ROOSVELT,” and “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.”

Maria Tallchief

Designed by AIP Designer Ben Sowards and sculpted by the United States Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna, the reverse features Maria Tallchief under a spotlight in balletic pose. Considered America’s first prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief broke even more barriers as she was a Native American ballerina who exuded strength and resilience on and off stage. Her Osage name, which translates to “Two Standards,” is written in Osage orthography on the coin as well. Inscriptions included on the design are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “QUARTER DOLLAR,” and “MARIA TALLCHIEF.”

Source: United States Mint