To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint, a new gold coin was released April 6th that depicts an African American woman as the symbol of Lady Liberty. This marks the first occasion when a woman of color was depicted on a U.S. gold coin, which was traditionally reserved for former presidents and historical events. The new gold coin comes as both celebration of diversity and the rich cultural heritage that makes up the American populace, and the perfect way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint.
With a rise of xenophobia across the country and divisive racial affairs plaguing the country’s unity, the U.S. mint has sent an uplifting message to millions of Americans with their new depiction of Lady Liberty.
The United States Mint releases gold coins every two years, and promises a new series of coins that depict Lady Liberty with women from different cultural backgrounds. The new Lady Liberty coin is emblematic of Lady Liberty herself, and has replaced her wreath with a crown of stars to celebrate the future of this country.
Members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and veteran metal specialists Kerry Cash and Ron Baxter, have been instrumental in designing and advising the Treasury Department on its new gold coin design.
The Lady Liberty gold coin is made of 24k gold. The new Lady Liberty coins are valued at $100 and are available for a limited supply. These coins are not usually accepted within circulation and are only available as a collector’s item. All profit made from the mint is returned to the treasury, and the mint expects this particular coin to sell out very fast. There will be a separate minting of Lady Liberty silver coins from the Philadelphia mint valued at about $40 a piece.
Former Treasury secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would soon be featured on the $20 bill. Susan B. Anthony formerly appeared on a $1 US coin and Sacagawea still appears on minted $1 coins. The US mint was founded in 1792 and was mandated by Congress to include images of liberty on its coinage. The representation of a black Lady Liberty represents how our conception of liberty continues to evolve.