WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint announced earlier this week that a quarter bearing Maya Angelou’s image is now in circulation. The flip side of the coin depicts Angelou with her arms spread like wings, with a bird flying behind her through rays of light.

The image pays homage to Angelou’s autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” where she writes about growing up in the Jim Crow era and reflects on her experiences. The U.S. Mint says that the image was “inspired by her poetry and the symbolic way she lived.”

Angelou’s works of poetry have also touched many. Some of her most notable pieces include “Still I Rise” and “Phenomenal Woman” featuring rhymes that captivate its audience as Angelou tells her story of resilience, strength, and confidence.

In addition to her writings, Angelou gave the world much more than words. She was an avid activist throughout the Civil Rights Movement and after. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by President Obama. Angelou passed away in 2014 at the age of 86.

This quarter is the first of the five American Women Quarter’s Program which will run through 2025. The other women that will be honored are Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Anna May Wong, and Nina Otero-Warren. Be on the lookout for quarters featuring these phenomenal women, and share your pictures with us as you encounter them.

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