When I was an active collector, I would have been up on the news that twenty American women will be depicted on the reverse side of quarters from this year through 2025. First up, Maya Angelou. Good choice. Artists are always good choices.
Monday was the release day for the leadoff design. (Image credit: By Sculptor: Craig Campbell, Medallic ArtistDesigner: Emily Damstra, Artistic Infusion Program – https://www.usmint.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-american-women-quarters-coin-maya-angelou-line-art-reverse.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=110931720)
Large scale, it looks good. How we’ll perceive it in its true size, experience will tell.
George gets a new look too, courtesy of a ninety-year-old design of a woman sculptor, Laura Gardin Fraser.
I wonder if American women of faith will be included. Dorothy Day would disapprove, perhaps as much as she would decline church sainthood. Whom would tyou readers choose, religious figure or otherwise?
I think my parish’s patron saint would make a perfect addition to the series. I’ll have to see about lobbying the SecTreas, who makes the final call.
I wish I knew the painter of the work from which I excerpted a circle, below. The artist signature is unreadable to me. Of course, the US Mint doesn’t colorize quarters, but in Katharine Drexel’s case, I wouldn’t object.