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.
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.
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.