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Louis Braille Dollar Prices Set by Mint
By CoinNews.net

The United States Mint provided Louis Braille Silver Dollar prices and gave notice it will offer introductory prices for the silver coins beginning March 26. It also threw a new Braille product into the mix.

Through to April 27, the initial pricing for the bicentennial coins honoring Braille’s birth will be $37.95 for the proof silver coin and $31.95 for the uncirculated version, according to the Federal Register which published the Mint memo.

Prices will increase to $41.95 and $33.95, respectively, following the introductory period.

Additionally, the notice provides information for another Louis Braille product the Mint will offer described as an "Uncirculated Silver Dollar in Easy-Open Capsule." Priced the same as the uncirculated silver coin, it will offer an "easy-to-open capsule for those who would like to feel the tactile elements offered by the coin design."

The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar is the first U.S. coin ever struck that contains readable Braille characters. The dots in the coin design spell “Brl,” which is the contraction for Braille.

Three other coins — the Alabama state quarter and 1995 and 1996 Paralympic Silver Dollars — also had Braille, but were too small for the visually impaired to read.

The Federal Register is the official source of notices by government agencies. In addition to the Braille Silver Dollars, the published Mint document also includes prices for the 2009 Lincoln Silver Dollar, which the Mint began selling on Feb.12.


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