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  • 25 Cents 2024, KM# 791, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Pauli Murray
  • 25 Cents 2024, KM# 791, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Pauli Murray
Description

The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year program that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of the country. Beginning in 2022, and continuing through 2025, the U.S. Mint will issue up to five new reverse designs each year.

The American Women Quarters may feature contributions from a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts. The women honored will be from ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse backgrounds. The Public Law requires that no living person be featured in the coin designs.

The 2024 Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray Quarter is the 11th coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of George Washington facing right, "Liberty" above, "In God We Trust" on the left and date with mint mark below on the right.

The portrait was originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. It was the recommended design for the 1932 quarter to mark Washington’s 200th birthday, but then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately selected the left-facing John Flannigan design. Laura Gardin Fraser was one of the most prolific female sculptors of the early 20th century. She designed the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar in 1921, becoming the first woman to design a U.S. coin. The Mint used her George Washington design on a 1999 gold commemorative half eagle coin marking the 200th anniversary of Washington’s death.

George Washington (1732–1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".

LIBERTY
IN GOD
WE
TRUST
2024
P
LGF

Reverse

Depicts Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray’s eyeglass-framed face within the shape of the word “HOPE,” which is symbolic of Murray’s belief that significant societal reforms were possible when rooted in hope. A line from her poem “Dark Testament,” characterizes hope as “A SONG IN A WEARY THROAT,” an inscription in the design.

Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray (1910–1985) was a prominent American civil rights activist, legal scholar, and Episcopal priest. Raised in Durham, North Carolina, she overcame gender and racial barriers to become the first African American woman to earn a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School in 1965. Murray's influential book, "States' Laws on Race and Color," was hailed as a key resource by Thurgood Marshall, the Chief Counsel of the NAACP.

She played a significant role in the civil rights movement, co-founding the National Organization for Women in 1966 and contributing to the landmark 1971 Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed. Appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women in 1961, Murray later transitioned to work within the Episcopal Church, becoming one of the first African-American women ordained as a priest in 1977. Her life and accomplishments challenge traditional norms, as she navigated complex issues of sexual and gender identity. Murray's legacy endures through her legal and advocacy work, as well as her autobiographies and poetry collection, "Dark Testament."

Sculptor: Joseph Menna (JFM)
Designer: Emily Damstra (ESD)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HOPE
A SONG
IN
A
WEARY THROAT
25₵
ESD THE REVEREND JFM
DR. PAULI MURRAY
E PLURIBUS
UNUM

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Clad Copper
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 24.26 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (P)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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