Maya Angelou Among 5 Women to Be Honored on New U.S. Coins

Maya Angelou Among 5 Women to Be Honored on New U.S. Coins

“These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” said U.S. Mint acting Director Alison L. Doone in a statement, according to NPR. “Generations to come will look at coins bearing these designs and be reminded of what can be accomplished with vision, determination and a desire to improve opportunities for all.”

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The front of the coins will feature a portrait of George Washington, created by 20th-century sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser who was the first woman to design a coin for the United States Treasury in 1921.

The coins will be available for sale online next year.

  

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