The New U.S. Gold Coin Has Sparked OUTRAGE Online; Do You See Why? [PHOTOS]

 The New U.S. Gold Coin Has Sparked OUTRAGE Online; Do You See Why? [PHOTOS]

A new commemorative $100 gold coin from the U.S. Mint has caused a stir online.

The U.S. Mint announced the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, featuring Liberty as a black woman, will be released on April 6, the Associated Press reports. On one side is the woman’s head in profile with a crown of stars and the Mint’s founding year, 1792, as well as the year 2017; on the other, an eagle in flight.

It is the first in a series of 24-karat gold coins that will depict Liberty as different ethnicities. Future coins will represent Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans.

The goal of the coins is to reflect “the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States,” the Mint said.

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Following the Associated Press’ report, the news outlet received harsh backlash from social media users because Liberty is portrayed as African-American on the coin.

 

There is currently only one U.S. Mint coin in circulation that features a person of color, the Sacajawea dollar, according to CNN. And there is only one with a woman, the Susan B. Anthony dollar.

Do you think the image of Lady Liberty should be left alone rather than change her nationality? Leave us a comment below.

Sources: Associated Press, RawStory, CNN / Photo credit: U.S. Mint via CNN

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