Washington, DC, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin shipping the fourth coin in the American Women’s Quarters (AWQ) program on August 15. These circulating coins honoring Nina Otero-Warren are manufactured at the Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Coins featuring the remaining AWQ winners will begin shipping later this year and through 2025.
“The fourth coin in our American Women’s Quarters program honors Nina Otero-Warren, a courageous advocate for Hispanic and Native American women, children, and communities,” said Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson. “This quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of Nina Otero-Warren’s accomplishments as she overcame the challenges and obstacles she faced in her lifetime.”
As a leader of the suffrage movement, Otero-Warren emphasized the need to use the Spanish language to reach Hispanic women. She was also the first female superintendent of public schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her notable accomplishments include convincing male-dominated power brokers to support changes for New Mexican women; arguing for passage of the 19th Amendment; and advocate for children by raising the standards of New Mexico public schools.
The reverse design (tails) of the Nina Otero-Warren quarter depicts her on the left, flanked by three individual yucca flowers – the state flower of New Mexico. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “DOLLAR QUARTER”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “NINA OTERO-WARREN” and “VOTO PARA LA MUJER”, the Spanish counterpart to the suffragist slogan “Votes for Women”. . It was designed by United States Mint Art Infusion Program (AIP) designer Chris Costello and sculpted by United States Mint medal-winning artist Craig A. Campbell.
The obverse (heads) features a portrait of George Washington originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark George Washington’s 200th birthday. Although his work was a recommended design for the 1932 quarter, then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately chose John Flanagan’s familiar design. Of Fraser, Director Gibson said, “I am proud that George Washington’s new obverse design is one of the most prolific sculptors of the early 20th century. The work of Laura Gardin Fraser is hailed in numismatic and artistic circles. Ninety years after she intended to do so, her obverse design has rightly taken its place on the quarter.
The inscriptions are “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2022”. The obverse design is common to all quarters issued in the series.
Authorized by Public Law 116-330, the American Women Quarters Program features pieces with inverted designs (tails) emblematic of the achievements and contributions of American women. Started in 2022 and continuing through 2025, the Mint issues five quarters in each of these years. The ethnically, racially and geographically diverse group of individuals honored under this program reflects a wide range of achievements and fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space and the arts. The fifth and final winner in 2022 is Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star in Hollywood, who achieved international success despite racism and discrimination.
“This quarter-dollar design features a portrait of Nina Otero-Warren, a powerful inscription, and a cluster of yucca flowers, the state flower of New Mexico,” said AIP designer Chris Costello. “He acknowledges the influence of Otero-Warren as a New Mexico politician, educator and suffragist in favor of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The inscription “VOTO PARA LA MUJER” (Votes for Women) is a nod to Warren’s belief that the use of Spanish was central to the suffrage movement in New Mexico. Art Deco typography reflects America’s progressive mood at the turn of the 20th century. The portrait expresses Otero-Warren’s quiet confidence, patience, and determination while advancing her human rights agenda as a Hispanic-American woman despite the barriers faced by women in America. The drawing immortalizes a very brave woman and aims to inspire and inform all Americans of her impact on the Nation.
Please check with your local banks regarding the availability of AWQ program quarters in honor of Nina Otero-Warren in late August and early September.
See images of the Nina Otero-Warren neighborhood here.
We invite you to learn more and enroll in the American Women Quarters program today. Limited quantities will be produced, so register to ensure you receive a complete collection of numismatic products from the American Women Quarters Program.
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