US Mint Unveils First-Ever Coin Depicting A Black Woman

Lady Liberty Coin

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The United States Mint and Treasury is making history with its first-ever depiction of a Black woman on US currency. Set to be released this April, the new Lady Liberty has been designed as a beautiful Black woman with cornrows braided into a bun to commemorate its 225th anniversary.

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It is the first in a series of gold coins using the allegorical Lady Liberty to reflect the country’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Future coins will include designs featuring Asian Americans, Latin-Americans and Native Americans.

2017 Lady Liberty Coin

Photo Credit: US Mint

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary collector’s coin weighs one ounce and will be struck in .9999 fine 24-karat gold. It will come packaged in a custom-designed, black wood case with a Certificate of Authenticity. A silver-coin featuring the same designs will also be available.

The $100 coin comes ahead of last year’s announcement of the $20 bill that will replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman. 

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