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Lady Liberty is an African-American in the new commemorative coin

The new commemorative coin.

(U. S. Mint)

Lady Liberty appears “in a new light, as an Afro-American woman,” in a $100 gold coin unveiled Thursday, officials at the U.S. Mint have announced.

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows a woman’s head in profile with a crown of stars. It features the year of the Philadelphia mint founders, 1792, as well as 2017. The flip side of the coin shows an eagle in flight.

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The coin is the first in a series. Future of 24-carat gold coins show the Freedom in designs that are Asian-Americans, Spanish-Americans and Native Americans, according to the mint. From the late 18th to the early 20th century, most U.S. coins featured performances of Freedom as a woman of European descent.

“The coin shows our roots in the past by these traditional elements, such as the inscriptions” United States of America,’ ‘Freedom,’ ‘E Pluribus Unum’ and ‘In God We Trust” is the Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson said.

The purpose of the coins is the reflection of the “cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States,” the mint says. The Ministry of finance announced last April that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be replaced by President Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill from about 2020.

The one-ounce coin is set to be released on 6 April. It is supplied in a wooden case with an anniversary booklet and a certificate of authenticity, USA Today reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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