Mint Offers Special Braille Education Set
by U.S. Mint
States Mint is pleased to offer the public a
special Braille Education Set that will be
available for purchase beginning noon Eastern
Time (ET) October 8, 2009. The set is a tri-fold
binder containing one uncirculated 2009 Louis
Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, educational
material and readable Braille. The coin is
struck in 90 percent silver.
Production of the Braille Education Set is
limited to 25,000 units. Orders for the set will
be limited to one set per household.
The Braille Education Set is priced at $44.95.
The United States Mint will accept orders at its
secure Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog,
or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT
(872-6468). Customers should add $4.95 to all
domestic orders for shipping and handling costs.
Louis Braille invented a system of reading and
writing that has allowed the blind to be
literate participants in society. The Louis
Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy
Commemorative Coin Act (Act) (Public Law
109-247) authorizes the United States Mint to
mint and issue $1 silver coins in proof and
uncirculated conditions to mark the bicentennial
anniversary of Louis Braille's birth. The Act
also authorizes the agency to pay surcharges
collected from coin sales to the National
Federation of the Blind to further its programs
to promote Braille literacy.
The United States Mint, the nation's sole
manufacturer of legal tender coinage, was
created by Congress in 1792. Its primary mission
is to produce an adequate volume of circulating
coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and
commerce. The United States Mint also produces
proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins;
Congressional Gold Medals; and silver gold and
platinum bullion coins.
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