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Robert Pearlman
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US Mint to honor astronaut Sally Ride on 'American Women' quarter

The first female U.S. astronaut to fly into space will be honored by the United States Mint in 2022, leading off a series of circulating coins depicting notable American women.

Sally Ride, who famously made history launching on the space shuttle in 1983, will be featured as part of the Mint's American Women Quarters Program. The late astronaut will be one of the first two women represented on the new coins, which will be issued through 2025.

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Sally Ride coin designs recommended for American Women quarter

Astronaut Sally Ride will be depicted on a U.S. coin looking out a spacecraft window at Earth, if the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury agrees with the recommendations made by two advisory panels for the design of quarter dollar to be issued in 2022.

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met virtually Tuesday (April 20) to review, in part, the United States Mint's concepts for the coin honoring the first American woman in space as part of the new American Women Quarters program starting next year. The CCAC meeting followed a similar review by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts held on April 15.

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US Mint reveals final design for astronaut Sally Ride 2022 quarter

The United States Mint has finalized the design of a new coin that when released next year will honor America's first woman to fly into space.

The U.S. Mint on Wednesday (Oct. 6) displayed the official artwork for the first five coins in its new American Women Quarters Program. As directed by Congress, the four-year program will feature coins with reverse (or tail's side) designs that are emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of trailblazing American women.

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The U.S. Mint release dates for the Sally Ride American Women quarter:

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Coin honoring Sally Ride, first US woman in space, enters circulation

The United States' first woman to fly into space has lifted off a new mission, this time to orbit the nation in the form of a new circulating coin.

The U.S. Mint on Monday (March 21) began shipping the Dr. Sally Ride quarter, the second coin in its American Women Quarters program. Struck at the Mint's facilities in Philadelphia and Denver, the 25-cent pieces — each displaying an engraving depicting the late astronaut — should begin showing up at banks and in the change tendered at stores over the next three to four weeks.

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I am not a coin collector, in so much that the grades assigned to a coin's condition never really interested me. As a result, I have never used NGC's (Numismatic Guaranty Company) services or sought to own coins that were encapsulated.

I do, however, like collecting an example of each space-related coin released by the U.S. Mint (and certain others). Typically, I am only interested in owning one example of each coin. That has not been an issue with the recent issues, as all were sold by the Mint as standalone products, either as proofs or sometimes uncirculated coins.

For the Sally Ride American Women quarter, though, the Mint only released the coins in rolls and bags. The proof version of the quarter only comes in sets (either for the year or with the four other 2022 American Women quarters).

A single quarter ornament is set for release later this year, which seemed like the only option for my collection. Then I saw that NGC was grading and slabbing individual quarters with a "First Day of Issue" label. This seemed like the perfect solution, and as an added bonus I could collect single examples for all three mint facilities (Denver [D], Philadelphia [P] and San Francisco [S]).

(As an aside, for those unaware, the Sally Ride coins now entering circulation are only from the Denver and Philadelphia facilities. The coins struck in San Fransisco were only available through the bags and rolls sold by the mint, such that they are of fewer quantity.)

The downside is that grading comes at a cost. If you obtained your own coins from the mint, you could send them into NGC to be encapsulated and graded with the special American Women label at no additional charge (or $12 for the first release designation). If I am reading their website correctly, the cost to grade and encapsulate a "modern" U.S. coin is $19.

If you don't have access to the coins, there are always dealers (on and off eBay). The Home Shopping Network (HSN), for example, is offering a Sally Ride-S quarter already graded and slabbed by NGC for $80. The price is driven in part by the grade, which in this case is MS-67.

(For those unfamiliar, the Mint State [MS] grading is based on a 70-point scale with MS-70 being "perfect uncirculated." MS-67, MS-68 and MS-69 graded coins are considered "superb gem uncirculated.")

The prices asked for coins quickly rise with the higher MS numbers. If you are like me, though, and are just looking for a nice looking example with no obvious blemishes, then the MS-65/66 ("gem uncirculated") graded coins — if not all the way down to MS-60 ("uncirculated") — are a viable option.

Right now, most of the dealers I could find are only offering examples graded as low as MS-66, such that the difference in retail (or Buy-It-Now) prices is $20 each rather than as high as $230 for the higher grades.

I wrote all of this because this was a bit of an education for myself and I thought sharing my experience might help others. Of course, I might be the fool and find out I was taken by the first-to-market dealers, but I am happy having three shiny examples of the Sally Ride quarter each designated "First Day of Issue" with an appropriate label design.

Gordon Eliot Reade
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posted 06-13-2022 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Eliot Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Eliot Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quite unexpectedly I received a Sally Ride quarter in circulation about an hour ago. It was a nice little surprise.

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