Lady Liberty Will Be A Black Woman On New $100 Commemorative Coin

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In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury's 225th anniversary, a new $100 coin was unveiled on Thursday. But, this coin is a little different. It's the first coin in US history on which Lady Liberty will be depicted as a black woman.

Elisa Basnight, U.S. Mint chief of staff, said:
"As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty's representation. We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible."

The Treasury said in a statement that it was looking “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.”
The coin is only part of a collection that will show Lady Liberty as Asian, Hispanic and Indian “to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”
The 24-karat gold coin will be available for purchase in April and is meant primarily for collectors, but judging by the response on Twitter, they might have to make a few extra.

Nice bit of progress from the US as everything else goes backwards. Don't read the comments if you don't want to despair, though. 

This is great and also true to classical statues, which depicted similar hairstyles. 

This is huge. Kinda sucks that people can still be fired for having hair like this Lady Liberty, but you know, baby steps. 

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