Lady Liberty Finally Depicted As A Black Woman

This undated handout image provided by the U.S. Mint shows the design for the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. The coin is worth $100. (U.S. Mint via AP)

This undated handout image provided by the U.S. Mint shows the design for the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. The coin is worth $100. (U.S. Mint via AP)

For the first time in US history, Lady Liberty has been depicted as a lady of color on US currency. The new $100 coin, unveiled Thursday, was presented in honor of the US Mint & Treasury’s 225th anniversary.

Since the passage of the Coinage Act in 1792, all coins are required to feature an “impression emblematic of liberty,” in either words or images. Lady Liberty had always been depicted as a white woman. Justin Kunz is responsible for the new design.

“As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty’s representation,” said Elisa Basnight, U.S. Mint chief of staff, at a ceremony unveiling the new coin. “We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible.”

The new 24-karat gold coin, which is set to be released in April. The coin is primarily for collectors.

 

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