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New U.S. Coin Will Depict Lady Liberty as a Black Woman for the First Time In U.S. History

The U.S. Mint and Treasury is celebrating its 225th anniversary with diverse commemorative coins and a special announcement has generated buzz all over social media. For the first time in United States history, Lady Liberty will be portrayed as a black woman.

In January, Mint & Treasury officials unveiled the 2017 American Liberty $100 gold coin, designed by Justin Kunz. It shows a black women with braids and a crown of stars.

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

The press release reported that future designs will show Lady Liberty as an Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Indian-American “to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”

The Mint will announce additional information about the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin prior to its release on April 6.

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