U.S. Mint Unveils New Coin Featuring Black Lady Liberty

Black Lady Liberty coinThe United States Mint unveiled the designs for the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin which features Lady Liberty as an African-American woman.

The coin was revealed in a ceremony, led by Mint Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight, which officially kicks off the U.S. Mint’s year-long celebration of its 225th anniversary. “We are very proud of the fact that the United States Mint is rooted in the Constitution,” said Principal Deputy Director Jeppson, who unveiled the designs. “Our founding fathers realized the critical need for our fledgling nation to have a respected monetary system, and over the last 225 years, the Mint has never failed in its mission.”

The U.S. Mint provided a detailed description of the coin’s design, along with the design.

The obverse (heads) design depicts a profile of Liberty wearing a crown of stars, with the inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “1792,” “2017,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The reverse (tails) design depicts a bold and powerful eagle in flight, with eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “1OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD,” and “100 DOLLARS.”

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin is the first in a series of 24-karat gold coins that will feature designs which depict an allegorical Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms-including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others-to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States, according to the Mint.

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