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1 Dollar Louis Braille Bicentennial

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

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Features

Country United States
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 1 dollar (1 USD)
Metal Silver (.900)
Weight 26.73 g
Diameter 38.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 455
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of Louis Braille's birth.

Obverse

Portrait of Louis Braille.

Lettering:
L I B E R T Y
IN GOD
WE TRUST
1809 2009
P
LOUIS BRAILLE

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."

Reverse

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

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
⠄⠃⠗⠇ (The word “Braille” abbreviated “BRL”)
E PLURIBUS
UNUM
ONE DOLLARั

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.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

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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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
2009 P 82,639 Brilliant Uncirculated
2009 P 135,235 Proof

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