Maya Angelou, first black woman to appear on quarter!

She is the first woman to appear on a United States coin!

According to ABC 7 News, the US Mint’s Maya Angelou quarters are finally being released.

Last year, the United States Mint announced that Dr. Maya Angelou would be the first woman to be honored on a U.S. coin; as part of the new American Women Quarters Program. Senators Deb Fischer and Catherine Cortez Masto were the first to introduce the bill; which was signed into law in 2020. The United States Mint has began releasing the first quarters with a portrait of Maya Angelou, the legendary poet.

“These past 100 years of suffrage would not have been possible without the efforts of so many courageous women, whose efforts paved the path for many more to make vital contributions to the history of the United States”; Fischer and Cortez Masto told reporters before.

Inspired by her 1969 autobiography; “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” the quarter depicts Angelou in front of a flying bird and a rising sun with outstretched arms.

Over the following four years, the initiative will release 20 quarters honoring women who have had a significant impact on American history. George Washington’s portrait will stay on the coin’s head side. The tail side will represent powerful women.

Senator Cortez Masto believes Angelou is the ideal candidate for the first currency.

“This coin will ensure that future generations of Americans learn about Maya Angelou’s writings and poetry that speak to Black women’s lived experience”; she stated in a statement.

Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut, Wilma Mankiller, the first woman major chief of the Cherokee Nation, Nina Otero-Warren, one of the important activists in New Mexico’s suffrage fight, and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American Hollywood celebrity will all be portrayed on the coin.

We’re so excited to get our hands on these limited-edition coins!