2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin

2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

Commemorating 200 years since the birth of a man who has helped millions of visually impaired persons to read, the US Mint has issued the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin.

Each coin features readable Braille on them (a first for a coin from the US Mint) and is struck from 90% silver and 10% copper. A proof version of the coin has also been created.

NASA blasted two of the Braille coins into space aboard the shuttle Atlantis in order to increase awareness of the product and raise more funds for the National Federation of the Blind (a surcharge has been added to the price of each coin for this purpose).

The Mint will accept orders for these coins until December 11, 2009. By law, they are not allowed to issue them past December 31, so this allows them time to fulfill all requests.

Braille Silver Uncirculated Coin Design

2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Uncirculated Coin, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

Obverse design: A portrait of Louis Braille is featured on the obverse that was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse also shows the following inscriptions: "LOUIS BRAILLE," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "1809" and "2009."

Reverse design: A child reading a Braille book is featured on the reverse designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The unique feature of readable Braille is found on the field of the reverse. Also seen are the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNIM" and "ONE DOLLAR."

Coin Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: Philadelphia
Face Value: $1
Date: 2009
Condition: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 38.10 mm
Edge: Reeded
Authorizing Law: Public Law 109-247
Obverse Design: Joel Iskowitz/Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Design: Susan Gamble/Joseph Menna

Product Availability

Release Date: March 26, 2009
Release Price:

$31.95

Mintage Limits: 400,000 across all product options
Order Limits: Unlimited
Sales: See US Mint Sales Figures
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Sold In: by itself, in Braille Education Set
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