Austin, Texas – The American Liberty 225 Anniversary Gold Coin now depicts Lady Liberty as an African American, according to the US Mint. Released April 6, it is the first in a series of minority themed Lady Liberty coins inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Abdul-Jabbar, who was instrumental in the design, is the first African-American to serve on the committee (CCAC).
The US Gold’s Bureau hales Abdul-Jabbar’s appointment and the new design as “a historic step towards the inclusion of All Americans in the United States monetary system.”
“Many people look to currency in the United States as a representation of our country,” says Kerry Cash, a precious metals specialist with the United States Gold Bureau. Cash believes that the coin will convince African-Americans and other minorities that they hold a place of value in the country.
The new designs are in keeping with a growing trend. In 2016, it was announced that the US 20-dollar bill would feature, former African slave and abolitionist, Harriette Tubman. That bill is scheduled for release in 2020 as announced by former Treasury Secretary, Jacob Lew who also indicated that women, abolitionists and others would be added to other US currency denominations during the 2020 US rollout. Changes to the 20-dollar bill are among the most sweeping modification to American Currency in recent times.