Tyler Heldt's Blog

03 Feb 2022

my review of the 2022 silver eagle and an opinion on the women's quarters

Coins | Tyler Heldt

Hello yn’s it's been a while since I've posted a blog but I'm back. Recently I acquired the 2022 silver eagle at a coin show. To start off with, I'm a big fan of the silver eagle and I think they're cool. The 2022 silver eagle is no different than the 2021 with the new design on the reverse. I have the West point mint coin. Another cool thing about this coin is that it is not made for circulation and is America's silver bullion coin. The new reverse suits this coin well and it reminds me of the walking liberty half dollar of the early 20th century even though it is too big to be a walking liberty half. It is pure silver like the last one. Now we get to the opinion part. This is controversial and this is my opinion and I would like to hear yours too but I think the new women's quarters could be better. I like the reverse but the obverse just doesn't look right for one Washington is on the wrong side it's not like any other quarter. And it looks too high to be a circulation coin. Don't get me wrong I love my high relief but i think it is over the top. The obverse is a rip off from the 1999 washington half eagle. It's not even original. I appreciate that they at least tried to make a new coin but I think they failed at it. It just does not look good to me and there are so many better designs than the one we have now. If they were going to redesign a coin it should be the Jefferson nickel. The reverse has been the same for years and the America the Beautiful series had nothing wrong with it and was the only series with the exception of the 2019 1 cent piece to be minted at west point. Also near the bottom of Washington's hair there is no detail. It looks like the artist kinda gave up at the bottom and it does not look good in my opinion there should be a different obverse design. I'm waiting to see what the proof coins are going to look like. I think the United States mint could have done better and I think they did not choose the best design for the coin and the original design had nothing wrong with it and it was known and loved. I believe with a few design tweeks the new women's quarters could be something good but for now there not the best design



Level 4

The new 2022 women’s quarters are a great extension of the ever changing quarter design since 1999. And having the original 1932 Washington quarter design winner, being woman who was hailed as providing the most appropriate image of Washington since the late 1700’s, get her recognition finally as part of this new series is quite profound. Looking forward to the remaining reverse designs over the next 3 years.

AC coin$

Level 6

The new Eagle is very nice .


Level 6

I agree with our two Brooklyn men. Well said.


Level 5

I've had one of my African American friends who knows I collect coins ask me where to get the Maya Angelou quarter. As a result, I'll be ordering her one of the copper-nickel quarter proof sets. I look forward to the educational aspects of these quarters since, before now, I had never heard of Maya Angelou. Coins have opened up the door to many things I never learned in school about American history. I look forward to this series and the worthy women in American history featured on our quarters who have contributed much to this nation. As for Laura Gardin Fraser's bust of Washington, I'm all in for many of the reasons listed in the responses. As a collector of Laura Gardin Frasers coins and medals, I have extensively researched the 1932 quarter issue. I have come to my own conclusions based on an article written by numismatic writer Don Taxay in the January 1970 issue of Coinage Magazine. In it, he theorizes that LGF ruffled some political feathers over the design of the Lindbergh medal. She won that battle but lost the war. Politicians have long memories, and LGF may have lost out to Flanagan over the Washington Quarter design because of political payback. As for the new eagle on the reverse of the SAE, I love it!


Level 5

Yeah. I agree. The new Eagle is very nice. The women quarters I haven’t seen in person so I will have to tell if they are good or bad by looking at it. Thanks for the thoughts!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I would agree with several of you that propose a whole new design for all our circulating coins. I especially have grown very tired of old men on coins and would love to see modern takes on allegorical liberty. I do disagree with the writer about the obverse being used for this new series of quarters. Laura Gardin Fraser was a brilliant artist and her Washington has a strength that I find quite pleasing. As Long Beard correctly noted, LGF's design should have graced our quarter from day one but chauvinism, misogyny, or something similar thwarted the will of the Fine Arts Commission. I look forward to collecting Ms. Fraser's work on one of these quarters in silver proof, that should really pop.


Level 6

I would like to see to "re-do" of all of our coinage... Go back to the classical look of the old days. Lots of details! ; )

Long Beard

Level 5

In 1932, Laura Gardin Fraser was the actual winner of the Treasury Department's competition for the Washington commemorative (which the 1932 quarter was to be- a one year issue). Although overwhelmingly approved by the Fine Arts Commission , Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, saw to it that runner-up John Flanagan's design was used instead. It was also rumored that Mellon was a chauvinist. This is why there is a new obverse, which matches the program theme perfectly.


Level 5

I do agree the obverse has some problems with it, but the ATB series can’t go on forever. I feel the Jefferson Nickel is fine the way it is for now, but the Roosevelt Dime is the one that needs to be redesigned.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Interesting discussion. I tend to agree with the gentleman from Brooklyn and Mike


Level 4

I am not a fan of the new quarters. I think its a political stunt and the design is not good. I would like to see a complete makeover of all the coins, not portraits. We could put an American Alligator on the Quarter. The reverse wold have a Redwood


Level 7

I like the new Eagle. But won't be buying them every year . to old I will never see the complete set. The woman's quarter was a good idea I mean some should be noticed. But I don't like the coin. Its not eye catching. . The America the beautiful were nice. But not this. Its up to the individual collector what they like.. Buy what you like. . These are not for me. And a love woman!. . I always said next to every good man stands a good woman.. I also agree with Gary. I didn't know what happened to L.G.F. till he wrote about her. I have since bought some coins and a medal made by her. One of the most talented engraver we ever had!

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