America is full of diversity, in people and in thought. That’s why the U.S. Mint and Treasury is about to make Lady Liberty look more representative of the diversity that is inherent to America’s history.
According to Mic, to celebrate the U.S. Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary, they unveiled a new $100 coin on Thursday, Jan. 12 that depicts Lady Liberty as a black woman, marking “the first time in United States history that Lady Liberty has not been portrayed as a white woman.”
Designed by Justin Kunz, Mic says that the coin will be officially unveiled in April and will launch a series of racially diverse coins released by the U.S. Treasury, which will “represent Lady Liberty as Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Indian-American.”
U.S. Mint Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight spoke of the coin’s purpose in a ceremony introducing the new design, reports Mic.
“As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty’s representation,” she said. “We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible.”