Days before President Barack Obama exits the White House, the United States Mint announced the new $100 commemorative gold coin. It’s 24-Karat gold, and the photo shows an African-American woman dressed in a toga. It’s to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. mint, and will be released in April.
A great idea, and it would be a historic thing to have a minority on a coin. But after the design was released, people started to notice something: It may be a tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama!
There are many similarities, with the eyebrows, the mouth, and the ears.
If you search the profiles of attractive African American women on Google, many results return. But Michelle Obama may look more like the coin than any other profile:
As Fortune reported, other coins may also be released:
The coin was unveiled during a ceremony involving the U.S. Mint and Department of Treasury on Thursday, and according to a press release, it’s the first in a series of coins that will be released biennially. Later coins will portray Liberty as Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Indian-American, and more.
While the Mint will provide full coin details just ahead of its April 6 release, so far the agency has said the anniversary coin will be struck in .9999 fine 24-karat gold. A series with the same design will be struck in .999 silver, as well.
Obama made it clear that he wanted to change how American currency looks, which is why Harriet Tubman will appear on the new $20 bill. But did they slip one past America by putting Michelle’s picture on a commemorative coin?
People are asking questions… lots seem to think the new coin looks like Michelle:
Possible new coin minted after Michelle Obama… please let’s hope this is not true!!! I really don’t want any coins of her in my pocket!!!
— Jeffrey Barnes (@jlb2203) January 19, 2017
— Randall Lichner (@randylichner) January 17, 2017
— #WakeUpAmerica 🇺🇸 (@SammyJr07) January 14, 2017
Is it true there making a coin the likeness of Michelle Obama on it or did I misunderstand news
— Ally S (@eyesRblue) January 15, 2017
Am I the only one who thinks the black lady liberty coin looks exactly like Michelle Obama?
— Charles Arscott (@pcheeking) January 14, 2017
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