For the first time in American history, Lady Liberty will be depicted as a woman of color on United States currency.
On Thursday, the U.S. Mint and Treasury celebrated their 225th Anniversary by unveiling the new $100, which features Lady Liberty as a black woman.
Via NBC News:
“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 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.”
This is absolutely wonderful and the coin is gorgeous!