The 2022 Washington Quarter finally received its long-awaited design change, making numismatic history in the process! For the first time ever, circulating currency will have both the obverse and reverse designed by women! While the reverse designs this year will be new, the obverse portrait of Washington has a far more detailed history to it.
The "new" portrait of George Washington was designed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. This design was originally recommended for the FIRST Washington Quarter in 1932 for Washington's 200th birthday, and was praised for its incredible likeness and accuracy to what he really looked like. The design ended up not being used until the 1999 gold commemorative for the 200th anniversary of Washington's death, but now it will be represented in its intended form!
The reverse design of Maya Angelou, prolific writer, performer, and social activist, was designed by Emily Damstra of Type 2 Silver Eagle fame. She depicted Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted in front a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived. Struck in Denver, this has an MS64 grade from PCGS as well as a First Strike pedigree. Add this new landmark in numismatic history to your collection today!
- PCGS MS64
- NEW designs
- First ever quarter designed by women