Maya Angelou Becomes the First Black Woman Featured on the US Quarter

CBS Evening News

There are many different types of collections that someone could have. It could be a collection of almost anything including rocks, rare new in box toys, baseball cards, or coins. We remember back when the U.S. Mint released quarters representing every state in the United States. That was the one and only time we decided to collect coins. We probably still have a book of those collectible quarters boxed away somewhere.

While more often then not we don’t use change that much anymore, and we’re certainly not collecting it, that might change. The U.S. mint is releasing a new series of quarters that we can’t wait to see in person.

This new series of quarters is called the American Women Quarters Program, and there will be five different women depicted on the quarters. The honor of having the first quarter in the series goes to author, poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou. She is also the very first black woman to ever be featured on a U.S. quarter.

Angelou is featured on the tails side of the quarter. Behind her, there is the image of a bird and the rising sun. The image was created by artist Emily Damstra, and it was sculpted by metallic artist Craig A. Campbell.

Watch the video below to learn more about this new quarter featuring Angelou.

Angelou is the first of five women who will be featured on the U.S. quarter in 2022. The other women who will be featured on the quarter include Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, and Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. The final two quarters will feature Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement as well as Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American film star.

Have you ever collected coins? Are you going to collect the coins that are part of the American Women Quarters Program?