January 2017 | Nate Pedersen

First African American Lady Liberty Coin Will Be Minted


The United States Mint will release the first ever Lady Liberty coin featuring an African American woman in 2017. The 24-karat, 1-ounce coin will go on sale April 6 with a $100 face value. The actual sale price of the coin, however, will be far in excess of the $100 as gold is currently valued at over $1,000/ounce.

The African American Lady Liberty coin will be the first in a series, which will feature ethnically diverse women. An Asian, Hispanic, and Indian Lady Liberty coin are all in the works, with plans for new Lady Liberty coins to be released at two-year intervals. The goal is "to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States," said the US Mint in a statement.

The mint will produce 100,000 of the African American Lady Liberty coins. For those who can't afford the price tag, the mint will also produce 100,000 "medals," silver reproductions of the Lady Liberty image that will sell for around $40 to $50.

Image from the United States Mint