African American Lady Liberty appeared on collectible golden dollars
The new American Liberty gold coin issued in the very beginning of 2017 created a buzz in the press. The anniversary collectible piece commemorating the 225th jubilee of United States Mint shows the effigy of the Liberty as an African American woman, for the first time in history. The majority of the previous designs of American currency throughout its whole history featured the Liberty as a woman of European ancestry.
The 24-karat gold coin has the denomination of $100 and will be available for purchasing in early April. The coin features all the traditional symbols of the US currency including the mottos “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum”. The profile image of Liberty in the crown made of stars is surrounded by both the establishing year of the Philadelphia Mint and the current year. The reverse side of the coin bears the flying eagle along with face value of the piece and other information.
The precious 225th Anniversary commemorative coins have proof finish and high-relief coinage, i.e. the best possible quality for the collectible specials. The mintage of the “black Liberty” coin will be limited to 100 thousand pieces, each packed into the black wood presentation case along with the Anniversary booklet. Additionally, the same quantity of silver medals with new Lady Liberty will be issued. The newly introduced design is already predicted to be popular among coin collectors.
The Mint officials explained the change in Liberty’s appearance as a way to expose the diverse heritage of the United States’ nation. They also announced the further coins of the same series depicting the Liberty as a woman of various ancestries. Asian, Hispanic and Indian variants of the most iconic American symbol are claimed to appear next.
The feedback from the society is predominantly positive, as was stated by the US press. African American touch will affect the paper money of the USA as well with the active support of the people. It’s reported by the Mint that redesigned $20 note would show the portrait of abolitionist and Civil War hero Harriet Tubman instead of the 7th President Andrew Jackson.
Tubman won in the Internet pole for the woman to place on the $20 note during the online campaign Women On 20s. The other candidates were Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks. Although the most likely winner was expected to be Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman had the majority of votes. That shows, according to the observers, the turn of the American society to more democratic and respectful ways than it experienced before.
The new 20 dollars will be launched in 2020; meanwhile the arguments are all about the image of Tubman which has to be used in design. The only woman ever appeared on the paper currency of the USA before was Martha Washington graced the one dollar silver certificate issued in the end of XIX century. Some reports say that $5 and $10 notes’ designs will also feature women’s portraits on them in the future.
The designs of the bank notes of the USA are generally the same since 1929; they start slightly getting updated by the government in 1990’s due to prevent the counterfeit. Putting Harriet Tubman on 20-dollar bill is particularly significant because of being started and forced mostly by the social activists’ campaign instead of bureaucratic solution.