Braille Silver Dollar Coin Design
The United States Mint announced
today that Mint Director Ed Moy will unveil the
commemorative 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial
Silver Dollar coin design in Dallas, TX on
Wednesday morning, July 2, 2008.
The ceremony at AT&T Plaza at the American
Airlines Center in Dallas will open the National
Federation of the Blind’s 2008 National
Convention, an organization dedicated to
improving blind people’s lives and recipient of
$10 surcharges collected for each Braille
commemorative coin sale.
The 400,000 limited issue proof and uncirculated
$1 silver dollars will be the first Braille
readable coin in the U.S., and honors the
bicentennial of the birth of Louis Braille — an
extraordinary person and the creator of the
Braille reading and writing system for those who
are blind or have vision loss.
The coin was authorized by Congress through
Public Law 109-247 in July of 2006 through coin
legislation entitled Louis Braille Bicentennial
Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act. The
legislation includes some of the remarkable
aspects of Louis Braille’s life.
A U.S. Mint statement notes coins with braille
have been issued in the past.
Previously, the Alabama commemorative
quarter-dollar, one of the coins in the United
States Mint’s popular 50 State Quarters®
Program, used Braille in the image honoring
Helen Keller, but the Braille was too small to
be readable by the blind. Also, the 1995 and
1996 Paralympics Silver Dollar featured Braille,
but the code was too small to be readable.
The reverse or tails side of the commemorative
silver dollar will include the word for Braille
in readable Braille code.
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