The new American Women Quarters Program honors the trailblazing women of our nation whose indelible contributions — whether through art, science, humanities and more — have led to the betterment of our country.
Prolific writer, social activist, performer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Maya Angelou is the first to appear on the reverse of the 2022 quarter. Angelou is depicted with arms gracefully raised, symbolic of her writing and ideologies. Behind her, a bird soars toward a rising sun. The coin's obverse features an updated bust of Washington.