2017 marks 225 years since the establishment of the U.S. Mint and Treasury and the U.S. dollar. Back in those days, it was set down by the Coinage Act of 1792 that all coins produced by the mint had to have the word ‘liberty’ on the front, along with some representation of liberty, be it a former president or otherwise. The concept of liberty has changed quite a bit since then, with most of the country’s history being an ongoing struggle to extend that concept to those to whom it had been denied.
To pay tribute to that idea, the U.S. Mint and Treasury will issue a commemorative $100 coin on April 6 with Lady Liberty represented as an African American for the first time. It’ll be quite the collectors item — besides its historical significance, the coins will be 24-karat gold, although silver coins will also be made available.
Per a press release from the U.S. Mint and Treasury, plans to issue more coins celebrating diversity will continue. Every two years, coins with depictions of Lady Liberty as other people of the United States, including “designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others.”
The new coin was unveiled during a ceremony late last week in Washington, D.C. The front of the coin was designed by Justin Kunz, who is part of the Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). The AIP was created to produce new designs for coins to keep them fresh and culturally relevant — with an updated vision of liberty, it seems the program is succeeding.
The coins will be available directly from the U.S. Mint and Treasury online starting April 6.
Via NBC News