The allegorical figure of Liberty appeared on U.S. circulating coins for over 150 years, from 1793 to 1947. Throughout the decades, Liberty’s appearance and poses changed to reflect a changing America. Since 2015, the U.S. Mint has released 24-karat gold coins and silver medals that feature modern versions of Liberty. The new Liberty designs on the obverse and contemporary eagle designs on the reverse are released biennially, first as a coin and then as a medal.
Advances in technology allow the Mint to manufacture the coins in high relief. The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin was the Mint’s first proof high relief coin. It is also is unique in that it portrays Liberty as an African American woman. In 2019, Mint produced the silver medal in high relief for the first time.