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Money Makeover

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What do a pilot, a ballerina, and a first lady have in common? They are among five women who will be featured on a special set of quarters this year! Each woman is being honored for her important contributions to America.

The new coins are part of the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters Program, which started last year. The Mint is the government agency responsible for making coins. It plans to roll out five new quarters every year through 2025. 

In February, a quarter featuring pilot Bessie Coleman was the first to be released in the 2023 series. This month, a coin honoring Hawaiian entertainer Edith Kanaka‘ole will go into circulation. The three others will follow throughout the year. 

“By honoring these pioneering women, the Mint continues to connect America through coins,” Mint director Ventris C. Gibson said in a statement.

The next time you see a quarter, take a look at the back. You may be holding one of these special coins!

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