Louis Braille Bicentennial silver dollar

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Louis Braille Bicentennial Commemorative Dollar
United States
Value$1
Mass26.730 g
Diameter38.10 mm (1.500 in)
EdgeReeded
Composition90% Ag
10% Cu
Silver0.859 troy oz
Years of minting2009
Obverse
DesignA likeness of Louis Braille
DesignerJoel Iskowitz (designer)
Phebe Hemphill (sculptor)
Reverse
DesignA kid reading a book in Braille with the word "Braille" depicted in Braille characters above
DesignerSusan Gamble (designer)
Joseph Menna (sculptor)

The Louis Braille Bicentennial silver dollar is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 2009.[1]

Legislation[edit]

The Louis Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act (Pub.L. 109–247 (text) (PDF)) authorized the production of a commemorative silver dollar to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Louis Braille. The act allowed the coins to be struck in both proof and uncirculated finishes.[2] The coin was first released on March 26, 2009.[3]

Design[edit]

The obverse of the Louis Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy commemorative dollar, designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, features a portrait of Louis Braille. The reverse, designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna, shows a child reading a book in Braille below the letters ⠃⠗⠇(BRL, the abbreviation for Braille) in Braille code. [4]

Specifications[edit]

  • Display Box Color: Dark Blue
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 26.730 grams; 0.8594 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 38.10 millimeters; 1.500 inches
  • Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Text of H.R. 247 (109th): Louis Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  3. ^ "U.S. Mint Release Dates for 2009". coinnews.net. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  4. ^ "Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved June 16, 2021.