Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman, Coin from United States - detailed information

Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman, Coin from United States
CoinQuarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman

The Quarter Dollar is a United States coin worth 25 cents. From its inception until 1964, the denomination was issued in silver; it underwent several design changes, including finally the silver Washington quarter (1932 - 1964) featuring the first President of the United States on the obverse and the American Eagle on the reverse, issued then until 1998 in copper-nickel. The U.S Mint then embarked on several long term projects: the State Quarters series of 50 coins featuring each State from 1999 to 2008; in 2009, a six-coin series represented the District of Columbia and five US territories, and then the America the Beautiful program (2010 - 2021). After a brief interlude with a Washington commemorative quarter, the U.S. Mint started the American Women Quarters program in 2022.

Running until 2025, the program honours five women on five reverse designs per year, selected for "contributions to the United States in a wide spectrum of accomplishments and fields, including but not limited to suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and arts". The obverse depicts George Washington with a 1931 design by Laura Gardin Fraser.

The Bessie Coleman Quarter is the sixth coin in the American Women Quarters Program; it was released on 3 January 2023.

Bessie Coleman was the first African American and first Native American woman pilot. She was also the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license.

Coleman was born on 26 January 1892 in Atlanta, Texas during a time of overt racism and segregation laws. After being refused admission into every U.S. flying school she approached, Coleman learned French. She travelled to Paris in 1920 to attend the well-known Caudron Brothers’ School of Aviation in Le Crotoy, France. She was the only student of colour in her class.

On 15 June 1921, Coleman received her international pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. She returned to the U.S. and performed in her first airshow in September 1922. She became known for “loop-the-loops” and making a figure 8. Coleman used her growing fame to tour the country, giving flight lessons, performing in shows, and encouraging African Americans and women to learn how to fly. She also made a point of refusing to speak or perform anywhere that segregated or discriminated against African Americans.

Bessie Coleman died on 30 April 1926 as a passenger in a practice flight for a celebration in Jacksonville, Florida. Her flying career, although brief, inspires many young African Americans to pursue the field of aviation.

Bessie Coleman Quarter Dollars issued in 2023 have now been in circulation for only one year.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Denver Mint Letter D 317,200,000 (317.2 million)
Philadelphia Mint Letter P 302,000,000 (302.0 million)
San Francisco Mint Letter S unknown
Obverse
United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman - obverse photo

At its centre, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789 - 1797), facing right. He has long hair, falling down in a queue.

The designer's initials LGF (for Laura Gardin Fraser) are in relief on the neck truncation.

Around above, the inscription LIBERTY. In smaller letters on two lines below left, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Below right, the date of issue 2023, under which a small letter represents the mint mark.

Mint marks this year are D, P or S for Denver, Philadelphia or San Francisco mints respectively.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2023
Reverse
United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Bessie Coleman as she suits up in preparation for flight. "Her expression is reflective of her determination to take to the skies, the only place she experienced a freedom she did not have on the ground." In the background, a biplane over clouds.

On two lines in the exergue, the inscription BESSIE COLEMAN, below which 6.15.1921 (American-style format of the date 15 June 1921, when Coleman received her pilot’s license).

Below left, the initials of the designer, CTC (for Chris Costello); below right, the monogram of the sculptor, EC (for Eric David Custer).

Around above in the rim, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, followed by the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR, under which (in the inner circle) the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA · QUARTER DOLLAR BESSIE COLEMAN 6.15.1921 E PLURIBUS UNUM
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Authorising Legislation: Public Law 116-330.

The San Francisco Mint only struck coins for collectors, not released into circulation. The other two mints only struck circulation coins.

The U.S. Mint distributed some of these coins in rolls and bags, in uncirculated grade:
- one hundred coin bag, Philadelphia Mint, U.S. Mint Item Number 23WBA, Product Limit: 7,860.
- one hundred coin bag, Denver Mint, U.S. Mint Item Number 23WBB, Product Limit: 7,860.
- two-roll set, 40 coins per roll, one roll from Philadelphia and one roll from Denver, U.S. Mint Item Number 23WRA, Product Limit: 9,140.
- three-roll set, 40 coins per roll, one roll each from Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, U.S. Mint Item Number 23WRB, Product Limit: 12,620.

Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated, San Francisco Mint
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Not released into circulation; issued for collectors only.

Variety Proof, San Francisco Mint
Images United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman / Proof, San Francisco Mint - obverse photo United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman / Proof, San Francisco Mint - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Variety Silver Proof, San Francisco Mint
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.999 Silver
Details

6.343 g, 0.199 troy oz. of 99.9% silver.

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Quarter Dollar 2023 Bessie Coleman: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeAmerican Women Quarter Dollar
Issued2023
PortraitGeorge Washington, portrait by Laura Gardin Fraser
Face Value25 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage619,200,000 (619.2 million)
Total Mintage619,200,000 (619.2 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-Nickel clad copper
DesignerChris Costello, Eric David Custer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size24.2600 mm
Thickness1.7500 mm
Mass5.6700 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-DGWD-EJYG
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