Louis Braille Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar (BR1)
This beautiful proof 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system, which is used by the blind to read and write. This proof coin is extraordinarily brilliant and features sharp relief and a mirror-like background to highlight the images on both sides of the coin. The obverse of this coin features a portrait of Louis Braille. The reverse shows a child reading a book in Braille with the word “Braille” (abbreviated BRL in Braille code) above him. The word INDEPENDENCE is featured on a bookshelf behind the child.
Ordering Limits: Ordering Limits:
There are no ordering limits.
Mintage Limits: Mintage Limits:
The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar is limited to a total of 400,000 coins (across all product options).
Program Information: Program Information:
For the first time in history, a United States coin will feature readable Braille commemorating the 200th birthday, life and legacy of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing used today.
Authorized by Public Law 109-247, the obverse of the coin features a portrait of Louis Braille. The reverse shows a child reading a book in Braille with the word “Braille” (abbreviated BRL in Braille code) above him. The word INDEPENDENCE is featured on a bookshelf behind the child. It is also inscribed with LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, LOUIS BRAILLE, 1809 and 2009. In addition to readable Braille, the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar has other distinguishing features apparent to the visually impaired community, including its size and reeded edge.
The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar commemorates the pioneering contributions of a man whose efforts have led to independence and increased quality of life for millions.
Surcharges from the sale of this coin are authorized to be paid to the National Federation of the Blind to further its programs to promote Braille literacy.
Purchasing Information: Purchasing Information:
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To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, any order placed prior to the official on-sale date and time, March 26, 2009, 12:00 noon (ET), shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.