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New Coin Shows 'Lady Liberty' as African-American Woman

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The new $100 gold coin featuring an African-American woman as the face of Lady Liberty is shown. Courtesy of The United States Mint/Handout via REUTERS
The new $100 gold coin featuring an African-American woman as the face of Lady Liberty is shown. Courtesy of The United States Mint/Handout via REUTERS

This is What’s Trending Today…

Images of Lady Liberty have appeared on American money over the years.

Coins have shown her standing tall with a crown on head. She is usually holding a lamp in one hand.

And, one thing has remained the same: Lady Liberty has always been white.

That will change in April.

The United States Mint has released the design for a new $100 gold coin that shows Lady Liberty as a black woman. The special coin is being released to mark the 225th anniversary of the Mint’s coin production.

It will be made of 24-karat gold and go on sale April 6. But the $100 coin will not be available to the public; it is meant for coin collectors.

Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty

​The U.S. Mint says this will be the first in a series of gold coins that show Lady Liberty as a non-white woman. Future coins will show her as Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Indian-American. The Mint will release a new coin in the series every two years.

Officials say the goal is to represent the “cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”

Lady Liberty is one of the most powerful and enduring signs of America. Her image represents hope and freedom.

The Treasury Department said of the new Lady Liberty coins, “We boldly look to the future by casting Liberty in a new light, as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars, looking forward to ever brighter chapters in our Nation’s history book.”

People reacted to the announcement on social media. “Lady Liberty” became a trending topic.

Chirlane McCray, a speechwriter and poet, wrote on Twitter: “Now, this? This is liberty.”

McCray is married to New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio.

And that’s What’s Trending Today.

I’m Ashley Thompson.

Words in This Story

crown - n. a decorative object that is shaped like a circle and worn on the head

lamp - n. a device that produces light

enduring - adj. continuing or long-lasting

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