United States Mint Unveils New $100 Gold Coin Featuring African-American Woman

Posted on January 14, 2017

Lady Liberty $100 gold coin featuring African-American woman

The United States Mint has unveiled a new $100 gold coin. The coin portrays Lady Liberty as an African-American woman for the first time. The coin was unveiled at a ceremony led by Mint Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight.

Principal Deputy Director Jeppson says in a statement, "We are very proud of the fact that the United States Mint is rooted in the Constitution. Our founding fathers realized the critical need for our fledgling nation to have a respected monetary system, and over the last 225 years, the Mint has never failed in its mission."

The coin is called the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. It will be struck in .9999 fine 24-karat gold at the West Point Mint in high relief, with a proof finish.

The coin is the first in a series of coins that will include designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others.

Here is video footage of the coin announcement. Take a look:

Photo: United States Mint