U.S. Mint Wins Most Historically Significant Coin in 2022 COTY Awards
The United States Mint took home top honors in the “Historically Significant Coin” category in the 2022 COTY Awards. The winning coin, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
As described by the U.S. Mint:
The road to securing voting rights for women is paved with the efforts of countless suffrage activists who worked tirelessly for more than seven decades conducting over 900 local, state, and federal campaigns. Their extraordinary determination culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment (also known as “The Susan B. Anthony Amendment”) on August 26, 1920.
The obverse depicts the overlapping profiles of three distinct women. Each woman is wearing a different type of hat to symbolize the many decades the suffrage movement spanned. The figure in the foreground is wearing a cloche hat with an art deco pattern and a button with the year of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. The obverse includes the following inscriptions: “$1,”“E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “LIBERTY.”
The reverse shows “2020” being dropped into a ballot box, styled with art deco elements to indicate the artistic style of the era. “VOTES FOR WOMEN” is inscribed inside a circle on the front of the box. Additional inscriptions: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
Both the obverse and reverse of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar were designed by Christina Hess, of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. Medallic artist Phebe Hemphill served as the sculptor.
The 99.9% Silver coin measures 1.500 inches in diameter and weighs 26.730 grams. Mintage was limited to 43,205.
A surcharge of $10 for each coin sold is authorized to be paid to the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative for the purpose of: collecting, studying, and establishing programs relating to women’s contributions to various fields and throughout different periods of history that have influenced the direction of the United States; and creating exhibitions and programs that recognize diverse perspectives on women’s history and contributions.