Lady Liberty depicted as a woman of color on U.S. currency

Lady Liberty depicted as a woman of color on U.S. currency

Lady Liberty depicted as a woman of color on U.S. currency

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jan, 2017 | 6:39 am

The US Mint and Treasury will for the first time issue a commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as a black woman.

Commemorating the Mint’s 225th anniversary, the coin shows the Liberty with a crown of stars and a toga-like dress.

The 24-carat coin will weigh 28g and have a face value of $100.

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. Until the new coin designed by Justin Kunz was unveiled, Lady Liberty had always been depicted as a white woman.

The new gold coin, which is set to be released in April and is meant primarily for collectors, is one of a series of new, diverse commemorative coins the Mint will unveil in the coming years.

Future depictions of Lady Liberty, according to the Mint, will also feature designs to represent Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Indian Americans, and others “to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”

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