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2022-D Maya Angelou American Women Quarter BU

2022-D Maya Angelou American Women Quarter BU

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The first quarter of the American Women Quarter Program, this coin commemorates and honors Maya Angelou. She is known for her autobiography, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and is also a renowned social activist. Add this historic coin to your set!

Coin Highlights:
  • Individual coins come in protective packaging.
  • Obverse: Depicts a portrait of George Washington, originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark George Washington’s 200th birthday.
  • Reverse: Depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived.
  • Coins minted in Denver feature a "D" mint mark.

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American Women Quarters
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 our country. Beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2025, the U.S. Mint will issue up to five new reverse designs each year. The obverse of each coin will maintain a likeness of George Washington that is different from the design used during the previous quarter program.

Maya Angelou
In the late 1950s, Maya Angelou joined the Harlem Writer’s Guild. With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Published in 1970, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" received international acclaim and made the bestseller list. The book was also banned in many schools during that time as Maya Angelou’s honesty about having been sexually abused opened a subject matter that had long been taboo in the culture. Later, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" would become a course adoption at college campuses around the world. Maya Angelou has written 36 books, with more than 30 bestselling titles.

Angelou’s remarkable career encompasses dance, theater, journalism and social activism. She appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including “Cabaret for Freedom,” which she wrote with Godfrey Cambridge. At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she served as northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1978, she was a National Book Award judge for biography and autobiography.

Angelou received more than 30 honorary degrees and was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame for Writers. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community.

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