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New Miss Liberty on gold $100

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A new gold $100 coin with Miss Liberty as African-American will be issued April 6. It is the first in a biennial series that will depict Miss Liberty to reflect the ethnic diversity of the United States.

A new High-Relief Liberty Head $100 gold coin will be issued April 6, 2017, to mark the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint.

Dual dates 1792 and 2017 appear on either side of Miss Liberty on the obverse.

She is depicted as an African-American and is the first of a series that the Mint says will show a “variety of contemporary forms, including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others, to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”

These coins will be issued every second year. If counting begins with the 2015 High Relief Liberty gold coin, this year’s issue is the second in the $100 gold series.

The next one will come in 2019.

At an unveiling ceremony Jan. 12 in the Cash Room of the U.S Treasury building next to the White House in Washington, D.C., Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson said, “We are very proud of the fact that the United States Mint is rooted in the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers realized the critical need for our fledgling nation to have a respected monetary system, and over the last 225 years, the Mint has never failed in its mission.”

Joining Jeppson was Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin and leading the ceremony was Mint Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight.

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The edge of the new gold $100 will indicate the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint.

The new gold coin’s obverse was designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the Mint said.

Designer of the reverse was AIP Designer Chris Costello and it was sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

The gold $100 coin will be struck at West Point Mint in high relief and have a proof finish, the Mint said.

Once encapsulated, it will be placed in a black wood presentation case. A 225th anniversary booklet with Certificate of Authenticity will be included.

For collectors who want the design in silver rather than gold, a silver medal series will be issued alongside the gold coin series.

A corresponding series of medals struck in .999 silver, with the same designs featured on the gold coins, will also be available.

 

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