Obverse. Photo © United States Mint
  • 25 Cents 2022, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Wilma Mankiller
  • 25 Cents 2022, United States of America (USA), American Women Quarters Program, Wilma Mankiller
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 Wilma Mankiller Quarter is the third coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of George Washington facing right, 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.

LIBERTY
IN GOD
WE
TRUST
2022
P

Reverse

Depicts Wilma Mankiller with a resolute gaze to the future. The wind is at her back, and she is wrapped in a traditional shawl. To her left is the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation, representing the seven clans of the Cherokee.

ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᏢ is "Cherokee Nation" written in the Cherokee syllabary.

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (1945–2010) was an American Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Mankiller was elected chief in 1987, and four years later, re-elected in a landslide. She tripled her tribe’s enrollment, doubled employment, and built new housing, health centres, and children’s programs in northeast Oklahoma. Under her leadership, infant mortality declined and educational levels rose. Her leadership on social and financial issues made her tribe a national role model. Mankiller received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, the highest honor given to civilians in the United States. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill
Designer: Benjamin Sowards

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WILMA MANKILLER
PRINCIPAL CHIEF
ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᏢ
BS PH
E PLURIBUS UNUM QUARTER DOLLAR

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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