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Black Woman to Be Lady Liberty on New Coin

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The U.S. Mint has unveiled a commemorative $100 gold coin that features an image of Liberty as a Black woman.

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows the woman’s head in profile with a crown of stars. It features the year of the mint’s founding, 1792, as well as 2017. The mint says the other side of the coin will depict an eagle in flight.

The coin will be released on April 6. The mint says it’s the first in a series of 24-karat gold that will also depict Liberty in designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Indian-Americans among others. The mint says the goal of the coins is to reflect the “the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”

“We hope that every American who sees it, sees something of their own story in it,” said Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin during the unveiling of the coin on Thursday.

The mint said the coins will be issued every two years.

View video of the design and production of the new U.S. Mint coin.

This is not the first time the U.S. Government announced that a Black woman would be depicted on American currency. Last April, the Treasury Department said that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.


Image: The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. U.S. Mint via AP