A Black Lady Liberty On A Coin? Yes, Please!

The new $100 coin, made in celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury's 225 anniversary, shows Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. "When we unveil this coin a little bit later, you will not only see its beauty, but you will see how it proudly represents our nation, its past, its present, and its future", said Elisa Basnight, the U.S. Mint's chief of staff and herself a woman of color, at a ceremony introducing the coin on Thursday. Last year, it was also confirmed that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will serve as the new face of the $20, however, many were quick to bash the decision to replace former President Andrew Jackson with a black woman.

For the first time in its 225 year history, the United States Mint will be issuing a coin that depicts a black woman and there are some people who aren't happy about it. Liberty has been portrayed as both a goddess of freedom and peace, a symbol of American promise.

While the Mint will provide full coin details just ahead of its April 6 release, so far the agency has said the anniversary coin will be struck in.9999 fine 24-karat gold.

In a release, the U.S. Mint stated it will "depict an allegorical Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms".

The U.S. Treasury said previous year it would also release a new version of the $20 bill featuring Central New York civil rights hero Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson. Her braided hair pulled back and topped with a crown of four large stars. The reverse side of the coin contains an eagle in flight.

"As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty's representation".

Congress created the Mint in 1792 by passing the Mint Act, which also established the first mint in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, a journey through the comments on social media regarding the black woman as Lady Liberty have brought compliments as well as racist attacks.