1 Dollar Louis Braille Bicentennial

1 Dollar (Louis Braille Bicentennial) -  obverse1 Dollar (Louis Braille Bicentennial) -  reverse

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Country United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 1 dollar (1 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 26.73 g
Diameter 38.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 19305
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References KM# 455
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of Louis Braille's birth.


Portrait of Louis Braille.

1809 2009

Engraver: Phebe Hemphill

Phebe Hemphill is an American sculptor who works for the United States Mint. She has been called "one of the preeminent coin artists, sculptors, and engravers of our time."


A child reading a Braille book with a bookcase in the background bearing the word “Independence”.

⠄⠃⠗⠇ (The word “Braille” abbreviated “BRL”)

Engraver: Joseph Menna

Joseph Menna is recognized as one of the leading professional sculptors working in the field today. He is classically trained and a master of both digital and traditional sculpture media.




The United States Mint issued the 2009 Louis Braille Silver Dollar to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth. Louis Braille is the inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing for the blind and visually impaired. The silver dollar contained the first readable Braille characters to appear on a legal tender United States coin.

The United States Mint began sales of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollars on March 26, 2009. Both the proof and uncirculated versions of the coin were produced at the Philadelphia Mint. Coins were sold individually, with an easy open capsule available for the uncirculated version. Later in the year, the US Mint released the Braille Education Set, which included the uncirculated version of the coin, educational material about the Braille System, and examples of readable Braille.

The maximum authorized mintage across all product options was 400,000. Coin sales ended on December 11, 2009 before the maximum level was reached. Surcharges added to the cost of each coin were paid to the National Federation for the Blind to further programs to promote Braille literacy.

2009-P Uncirculated Louis Braille Silver Dollar
Pre-Issue Price: $31.95
Regular Price: $33.95
Final Mintage: 82,639

2009-P Proof Louis Braille Silver Dollar
Pre-Issue Price:$37.95
Regular Price: $41.95
Final Mintage: 135,235

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2009 P 82 639 25.81 56% Brilliant Uncirculated
2009 P 135 235 25.81 67% Proof

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