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US Mint begins shipping quarters honoring Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, the first coins in its American Women Quarters Program.Angelou, an American author, poet and Civil Rights activist, rose to prominence with the publication of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969.

Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.The quarter design depicts Angelou with outstretched arms.

Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry.The mint's program will issue 20 quarters over the next four years honoring women and their achievements in shaping the nation's history.Additional honorees in 2022 will be physicist and first woman astronaut Sally Ride, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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