Obverse. Photo © United States Mint
  • 25 Cents 2024, KM# 788, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Celia Cruz
  • 25 Cents 2024, KM# 788, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Celia Cruz
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 Celia Cruz Quarter is the 14th 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
D
LGF

Reverse

Depicts a dynamic picture of Celia Cruz flashing her dazzling smile while performing in a rumba-style dress. Her signature catchphrase “¡AZÚCAR!” is inscribed on the right.

Celia Cruz (born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, 1925-2003) was a renowned Cuban singer and a prominent figure in Latin music during the 20th century. Initially gaining fame in Cuba as the "La Guarachera de Cuba" for her performances of guarachas in the 1950s, she later earned international recognition as the "Queen of Salsa." Cruz's extensive career included over 37 studio albums, numerous live recordings, and collaborations, contributing significantly to Afro-Cuban music styles like guaracha, rumba, afro, son, and bolero.

Starting her career with the Sonora Matancera in Cuba, Cruz's musical journey expanded beyond her homeland due to the Cuban Revolution. Settling in the United States, she became an iconic figure for the Cuban diaspora. Collaborating with Tito Puente in the 1960s and later signing with Fania Records in the 1970s, Cruz became a pivotal figure in the salsa genre. Her hits, including "Bemba colorá" and "Quimbara," exemplify her lasting impact. Cruz's legacy extends beyond music, with two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards, and a catchphrase, "¡Azúcar!" ("Sugar!"), that remains an enduring symbol of salsa.

Designer: Phebe Hemphill (PH)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
¡AZÚCAR!
E
PLURIBUS
UNUM
25₵
PH
CELIA CRUZ

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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