The U.S. Mint has announced that for the first time, Lady Liberty will be portrayed by a woman of color on U.S. currency.
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Since its inception, the Lady Liberty coin has always been depicted as a White woman – until the new design was recently unveiled. Justin Kunz, a designer with the Mint Artistic Infusion Program, designed the coin, while Mint Sculptor/Engraver Phebe Hemphill was responsible for sculpting it.
The coin is part of a commemorative set for the anniversary and will be the first in a series celebrating the cultural diversity of the nation. Future coins within the series will represent Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Indian Americans.
This announcement comes less than a year after The U.S. Treasury Department revealed that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will oust Andrew Jackson on the $20 note.