History of Diversity on U.S. Money

By Tonka Dobreva 01.17.2017 interact

While Harriet Tubman still awaits her opportunity to grace the $20 bill, another lady of color made headlines for appearing on the new $100 coin. To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the United States Mint unveiled a new image of Lady Liberty as a black woman on its commemorative coin — a first in a series of 24-karat gold coins designed to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.

Learn below of these real-life women on U.S. currency — one of whom is Native-American:

marthawashingtonIn 1886,  Martha Washington became the first woman to appear on U.S. currency. The face of George Washington’s wife was featured on the $1 silver certificate. Silver certificates were money issued between 1878 and 1964 in the US as part of the circulation of paper currency.


susanbanthonyFamous suffragette Susan B. Anthony made her debut on the U.S. dollar coin in 1978.  She was the first non-fictitious woman to be featured on an American coin. This was only made possible after several women’s rights groups spoke out in support of having an actual woman on the coin instead of Lady Liberty.


sacajaweaSince 2000 Sacagawea has been the face of the only gold-colored coin in circulation. There are no known images of Lewis and Clark’s Native American guide, so the U.S. Treasury had artists make several representations of her before settling on the one we know today. These coins are especially popular in countries that accept American currency.


  1. Alaura

    I wouldn’t mind having a female on the american currency as long as it is not Hillary Clinton. : )

    -Alaura Hutchinson
    Salem Indiana

  2. Lily Holshoe

    Women are just as important as men, and they contribute just as much to society. Women are often given less recognition than men, for their good deads to our country. Women should be on US money!

    • Cash

      I think women should not be in US money because Some boys made history such as Martin Luther king and George Washington.

    • Landen

      i agree bro.

  3. Skyler

    So how will it look I mean the guys on the dolor bills look nice not girls so yeah I chose NO

    • Olivia

      Girls look nice too, and not trying to be mean, but it’s dollar, not dolor

  4. Michelle flores

    I think we should because why do mens have a lot of rights and why can’t women have a lot of rights

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