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A Black Lady Liberty On a US Coin for the First Time

The United States Mint will release a commemorative gold coin in April that will feature Lady Liberty as a black woman, marking the first time that the American symbol has been depicted as anything other than White on the nation's currency. The coin, with a USD100 face value, will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the mint's coin production. Going on sale on April 6, it will be 24-karat and weigh about an ounce. It is part of a series of commemorative coins that will be released every two years. Future ones will show Lady Liberty as Asian, Hispanic and Indian "to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the US," the mint said in a statement. The Lady Liberty is among the most potent of American symbols. A gift from France in 1886, her best depiction stands in New York Harbor., a giant statue of a woman with White European features beckoning with a lamp to refugees of the world.

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