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Lady Liberty will appear as a woman of color on US currency for the first time ever

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The U.S. Mint on Friday unveiled a commemorative $100 gold coin that features an image of Liberty as a black woman.

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows the woman's head in profile with a crown of stars. It features the year of the mint's founding, 1792, as well as 2017.

The mint says the other side of the coin will depict an eagle in flight.

The coin will be released on April 6, available for purchase on the Mint website.

The United States Mint unveiled a photo of the new coin on Twitter.

Most of the responses to the new coin have been pretty positive. 

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This undated handout image provided by the U.S. Mint shows the design for the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. The coin is worth $100. (U.S. Mint via AP)

Here's a closer look at the new coin.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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