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."

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Before Rosa Parks, there was Viola Desmond. She's the new face of Canada's $10 bill.

70 years after taking a defiant stance, Desmond's getting the recognition she deserves.

Nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, there was Canadian civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond.

In 1946, Desmond, a Canadian businesswoman, was arrested and fined after she refused to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater. Her arrest and the legal battle that followed played a key role in Canada's civil rights movement.

Viola Desmond. Photo by Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University/Wanda Robson Collection.

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9 things most people don't know about life on the Mexican-American border.

We're masters at juggling the two cultures that surround us.

I grew up in Nogales, Arizona, a border town along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nogales has always had a big, physical barrier between the two countries, and I never quite understood what that meant as a kid. Back then, it was normal to drive along the freeway toward downtown and see a whole other world through a dingy fence.

Homes in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, across the border from Nogales, Arizona. Image by Nieves Montaño, used with permission.

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