The Treasury Department announced today the unveiling of the design of a new coin in which Lady Liberty is depicted as an African-American woman. The $100 commemorative coin is being issued in 24-karat gold coin this year to honor the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint. In past years, the allegorical Liberty, which has always taken the form of a classic design of a woman in statuary, stamps, and coins, will this year deliberately have African-American features.
The coin was revealed today at the National Archives in Washington.
A statement from the U.S. Mint quoted Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson saying that the new design is intended to "look to the future by casting Liberty in a new light, as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars."
This is the first in a series of commemorative gold coins to be released by the Treasury Department every two years. The yet to be issued coins will depict Lady Liberty as an Asian American, Indian American, and Hispanic American woman. Today kicked off a series of year-long events.
"We are very proud of the fact that the United States Mint is rooted in the Constitution," said Principal Deputy Director Jeppson, according to a statement. "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 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin design features a Lady Liberty as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars on the obverse. Also on the heads side, the coin has the inscriptions "LIBERTY," "1792," "2017," and "IN GOD WE TRUST." The reverse side depicts an eagle in flight, and the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "1OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD," and "100 DOLLARS."
The coin will be be struck in .9999 fine 24-karat gold at the West Point Mint in high relief, with a proof finish. It will be released on April 6. The price of the coin was not released today. Currently, the U.S. Mint charges $1,510 for a one ounce gold coin depicting the more traditional walking Lady Liberty bearing a torch. Shipping and handling are extra.