NGC Special Labels and Designations for the 2022 American Women Quarters

Posted on 2/7/2022

The first of the new quarters, honoring Maya Angelou, is being released this month. Special submission instructions must be followed. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

The US Mint is releasing the new American Women Quarters, which feature renowned women whose accomplishments helped shape the United States. The quarter honoring Maya Angelou is the first to be released in a series of five designs that will be available this year. In addition, the US Mint is offering a five-coin Proof Set and a five-coin Silver Proof Set of the 2022 American Women Quarters. The multi-year program will run through 2025.

Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) is offering an elegant American Women label to complement these special coins. This one-of-a-kind label displays the five women who are featured on the 2022 Quarters and is being offered by default for no additional charge. The popular NGC Early Releases and First Releases designations and labels are also available.

A Silver Proof 2022 Sally Ride Quarter with the NGC American Women label (left) and a Mint State 2022 Maya Angelou Quarter with the NGC First Releases Designation and Label (right), both encapsulated with the reverse toward the front.
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The reverses of 2022 Quarters will honor the following women:

  • Maya Angelou ‒ a prolific writer, whose poetic prose inspired generations of people
  • Sally Ride ‒ an astronaut and physicist who, in 1983, became the first American woman to go to space
  • Wilma Mankiller ‒ the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, in 1987
  • Nina Otero-Warren ‒ an educator who was the first Hispanic woman to run for Congress, in 1922
  • Anna May Wong ‒ first Chinese-American star in Hollywood

The obverse of the quarters in the program will have a design of George Washington by famous sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser, the first woman to design a US coin (the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar). In 1931, Congress held a competition for a profile design of George Washington to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first president’s birth. Although highly regarded, Fraser’s design was passed over in favor of John Flanagan’s design. Her detailed design became the obverse for the 1999 George Washington Commemorative Gold Five Dollar coin.

Throughout the next four years, the American Women Quarters Program will release additional Quarters honoring women who have made an impact in various fields.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit the coins under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • All coins submitted must be graded.


Designation options Fee Directions
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.


Label options Fee Directions

American Women #1828
Free By default (Enter American Women #1828 on your submission form. Early Releases and First Releases designations are available with this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12) Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, American Women #1828 will be used.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12) Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, American Women #1828 will be used.

Standard Brown #377
Free By request. (Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.)

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

NGC Collectors Society paid members can submit their coins directly to NGC. Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $25/year. Join today.

Bulk submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at or 941-360-3990.

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