Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief, Coin from United States - detailed information

Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief, Coin from United States
CoinQuarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief

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 Maria Tallchief Quarter is the tenth coin in the American Women Quarters Program; it was released on ? 2023.

Maria Tallchief is widely considered the first American prima ballerina. She broke barriers as a Native American ballet dancer, exhibiting strength and resilience both on and off the stage.

Tallchief was born on 24 January 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma on the Osage reservation. She began dance lessons as a young girl and excelled at dance and playing piano. At the age of 17, she moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a ballerina. She was selected as an apprentice in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the premier Russian ballet company in the United States. Her performances were applauded by critics and captured the attention of the dance professionals around her.

In 1946, Maria Tallchief married famed choreographer George Balanchine. With Tallchief’s exceptional technique and energy as a ballerina and Balanchine’s expertise and innovation as a choreographer, together, they transformed classical ballet, both in America and around the world. When the couple’s marriage ended, she remained at the forefront of Balanchine’s works for his company, the New York City Ballet. Tallchief remarried in 1956 to Henry “Buzz” Paschen, and gave birth to their daughter Elise in 1959. Family life ultimately drew her to Chicago. She retired as a performer in the late 1960s and founded the ballet school of the Lyric Opera. She also served as artistic director at the Chicago City Ballet.

Maria Tallchief died on 11 April 2013.  The Osage Tribal Council gave Maria Tallchief a name selected by her grandmother, “Wa-Xthe-Thoṉba,” which translates to “Two Standards.” It reflects Tallchief’s life in two worlds - as an accomplished dance professional, and as a member of the Osage Nation, two identities that she proudly represented throughout her life.

Maria Tallchief Quarter Dollars issued in 2023 have now been in circulation for only one year.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Philadelphia Mint Letter P 185,800,000 (185.8 million)
Denver Mint Letter D 184,800,000 (184.8 million)
San Francisco Mint Letter S unknown
United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief - 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
United States / Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Maria Tallchief spotlit in balletic pose.

Below left, the initials of the designer, BS (for Benjamin Sowards); below right, the initials of the sculptor, JFM (for Joseph Menna).

Around the rim above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Below the exergue line, MARIA TALLCHIEF, below which the same in Osage orthography.

Around below, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity), followed by the face value QUARTER DOLLAR .

EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

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.

Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated, San Francisco Mint
Mintage Issued: unknown

Not released into circulation; issued for collectors only.

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

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

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Quarter Dollar 2023 Maria Tallchief: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeAmerican Women Quarter Dollar
PortraitGeorge Washington, portrait by Laura Gardin Fraser
Face Value25 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage370,600,000 (370.6 million)
Total Mintage370,600,000 (370.6 million)
MaterialCopper-Nickel clad copper
DesignerBenjamin Sowards, Joseph Menna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size24.2600 mm
Thickness1.7500 mm
Mass5.6700 g
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