Frederick Douglass Quarter Is Currently In Circulation

Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift Collection) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 200-FL-22 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 113

Frederick Douglass just became the latest American history icon to land on U.S. currency. The famed abolitionist is now on the U.S. quarter which was released by the U.S. Mint on Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Mint, 400 million Frederick Douglass quarters will be in circulation and are also available to order online.

The design shows Douglass writing in the front of his Southeast, Washington, D.C. home where he lived from 1877 until his death in 1895. It was selected by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which issues quarters that honor national park sites. The place of Douglass’ former home on W Street SE in Anacostia, was named the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Douglass is known for being born into slavery in 1818, escaping and then becoming an author and abolitionist. He learned to read and write at 12, even though it was illegal at the time. Douglass went on to write three autobiographies.

In 2020, expect to see Harriet Tubman as the new face of the $20 bills.