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First Coin Written In Braille Released By The United States

By KJ Mullins     Jul 2, 2008 in World
A silver dollar commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille was unveiled on Wednesday. The U.S. coin is the first in that nation's history to have readable Braille characters.
The coin's display was the opener for the National Federation of the Blind's convention in Dallas. The coin was unveiled in front of about 1,000 people by U.S. Mint director Ed Moy, federation president Marc Maurer and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.
The word 'Liberty" appears above an image of Louis Braille. The Braille code for the word Braille is inscribed above an image of a boy reading a Braille book.
The coin will be available in the spring of 2009. The U.S. Mint is planning on producing 400,000 of the coins.
A surcharge of $10 will be added to the coins with the money made going to support programs for the blind.
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