For the first time ever, Lady Liberty will be depicted as a woman of color on U.S. currency.
To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the U.S. Mint and Treasury unveiled a brand new $100 coin — made of solid gold — that features Lady Liberty as a black woman.
"As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty's representation," said U.S. Mint chief of staff Elisa Basnight at the coin's unveiling ceremony.
The coin, mostly a collector's item, is the first of a series of 24-karat gold coins that are a beautiful nod to America's diversity. The other coins in the series, the Mint announced, will feature a variety of Lady Liberty etchings, "including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States."