Louis Braille Silver Dollar Sales End

On Friday, December 11, 2009 sales of this year’s Louis Braille Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin officially ended at the United States Mint. The coins had gone on sale March 26, 2009.

Louis Braille Silver dollar

The obverse coin design has a portrait of Louis Braille designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse of the coin features a scene of a child reading Braille in front of a bookcase. Readable Braille characters are also featured with the letters “BRL”. This is the first time that readable Braille has appeared on a United States Coin. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Recent figures indicate that about 220,000 coins have been sold out of the maximum 400,000. Surcharges added to the cost of each coin ill be paid to the Natoinal Federation of the Blind for programs to promote Braille literacy.

This year, the US Mint issued commemorative coins for Louis Braille and Abraham Lincoln. Next year commemorative coins will feature the Boy Scouts of America and Disabled American Veterans.


#1 Jakub on 12.15.09 at 11:40 am

“This is the first time that readable Braille has appeared on a United States Coin.”
I don’t know what you mean *readable* Braille, but there is also writing in Braille alphabet on Alabama quarter. It is, however, readable only visually, I think.

#2 admin on 12.15.09 at 12:25 pm

The US Mint has promoted this coin as the first “readable” Braille on a US Coin in some of their press releases. I assume they mean readable by touch.

The Alabama Quarter Braille Code would be too small to read by touch.

The Paralympics Commemorative Coins issued in 1995-1996 also had Braille Code, but again, too small to be readable by touch.

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