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Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar

After this morning’s post about cons, I thought I was getting conned when I started reading about the new 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar because I didn’t hear a single thing about it until today. Made me think of those Obama coins with a sticker on them! (don’t worry, these Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar coins are real)

Today happens to be the first day that the U.S. Mint will be accepting orders for the coin [3], which is the first coin to have readable Braille on it!

The Obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz, engraved by Phebe Hemphill, and has an image of Louis Braille [4], inventor of braille. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble, engraved by Joseph Menna, and has an image of a child reading a book in Braille including the letter BRL, which is the abbreviation of the word Braille in Braille.

You can buy a proof silver dollar at the Mint [5] for $37.95, which is the promotional price until April 27th. Regular price will be $41.95. They will only produce 400,000 of these coins.