Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. Across the country, individuals and organizations are commemorating and celebrating the vital role that women have had in American history.
The United States Mint is no exception. The Mint reports they have been making history for more than two centuries. Their website states that they hired their first female employees ever at the Philadelphia Mint facility in 1795 as adjusters, who weighed and, if necessary, filed coin blanks down to their proper weight to control material costs for the government. They also share information about Nellie Tayloe Ross, who had already made history as the first woman elected as the governor of a state (Wyoming) and who was appointed the first female Director of the Mint in 1933.
For many years, the Mint has been paying tribute to women in America’s history, from Susan B. Anthony, Lady Liberty, and Mother Theresa to Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, and Mary Golda Ross. These important figures in U.S. history have been featured on various coins and medals.
Collectors can view, learn more, or purchase these special coins online at www.usmint.gov.
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