Braille Silver Dollar Debut
By Numismatic News
Director Ed Moy traveled to the Baltimore
headquarters of the National Federation of the
Blind March 26 to formally launch the Louis
Braille commemorative silver dollar on the day
sales to collectors also began.
His host was Marc Maurer, president of the NFB.
The commemorative celebrates the 200th
anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the
Braille alphabet, a system of raised dots that
allows the blind to read using their fingers.
The Braille alphabet is used on the coin itself.
"For the first time in history, the United
States has a coin with readable Braille," Moy
said. "The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial
silver dollar honors the developer of Braille, a
tactile code that has been instrumental in the
literacy and independence of the world's blind
Moy gave Maurer a special plaque to mark the
occasion. It contains the obverse and reverse of
an uncirculated version of the dollar coin in
capsules on either end of two other coins with
the obverse and reverse displayed so that they
can be touched and read by the blind.
A special videotaped message from Sen.
Christopher J. Dodd, one of the primary sponsors
of the authorizing legislation, was played to
the assembled guests.
Maximum mintage of the new coin is set at
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