Mint unveils first coin with Braille text

March 27, 2009|By LIZ F. KAY

The U.S. Mint has issued the country's first coin with readable Braille text, to honor Louis Braille.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the commemorative bicentennial silver dollar, which will not be in general circulation, will support literacy efforts of the National Federation of the Blind, based in Baltimore, where the coin was unveiled Thursday.

The coin features a portrait of Louis Braille on the heads side. On the tails side, a child is shown reading, with the abbreviation for Braille, "BRL," in Braille text above his head.

To purchase the coin, available at introductory prices ranging from $31.95 to $37.95 through April 27, go to www.usmint.gov, or call 1-800-USA-MINT.

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