Lady Liberty is one of the most enduring American symbols. Her best-known depiction stands in New York Harbor, a statuesque gift from France in 1886, but her origins probably go back a century earlier. In the 1700s, “Columbia,” as she was known, represented freedom for the United States in its formative years -- and she was always depicted as a white woman of European descent. However, in April 2017, Lady Liberty will be depicted for the first time as an African-American woman on a new commemorative gold coin available from the United States Mint. The coin will have a face value of $100 USD and will mark the 225th anniversary of the Mint’s history of coin production. But don’t expect to see the coins in general circulation -- they’re typically of interest only to collectors.
The first in a series of new ladies: