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Lady Liberty Will Appear as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency for the First Time in History

 

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To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint, the Treasury Department is making history: by portraying Lady Liberty as a woman of color on U.S. currency for the first time.

Starting in April, a commemorative $100 24-karat gold coin depicting Lady Liberty as a black woman wearing a crown of stars will be minted. Though the coin will be meant for collectors, it’ll mark the first time that Lady Liberty, a historical symbol of freedom, will be portrayed as nonwhite.

The coin, which was announced by the U.S. Mint on Thursday, will kick off a series being issued to reflect “the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.” According to the Associated Press, additional coins will portray Lady Liberty as Asian American, Hispanic American, and Indian American.