The Anna May Wong Quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program.
First introduced in January 2022, the program features women who have made contributions in a wide range of accomplishments and fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts.
Wong is one of five women chosen, with her coin being the last to be released next Tuesday. She joins Maya Angelou, Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller and Nina Otero-Warren, whose coins were also released this year.
Hollywood actress Anna May Wong to be the first Asian American on U.S. currency. / U.S. Mint
The obverse (heads) side of Wong's quarter will feature a portrait of George Washington. The reverse (tails) will depict a close-up image of Wong "with her head resting on her hand, surrounded by the bright lights of a marquee sign," according to the U.S. Mint. It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Emily Damstra and sculpted by U.S. Mint Medallic Artist John McGraw.
Over the course of her career, Wong appeared in more than 60 movies, including one of the first films made in Technicolor, achieving international recognition.
1939: Eric Blore and Anna May Wong in a scene from Paramont's 'Island Of Lost Men'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In 1951, she became the first Asian American woman to lead a U.S. television show called "The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong."
Wong received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 3, 1961, a year before she died.
King Of Chinatown, US lobbycard, from left: Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff, 1939. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
In January 2023, the Mint will begin producing quarters featuring the next five honorees - Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanakaʻole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idar, and Maria Tallchief.