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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 14

CONGRESS AUTHORIZES U.S. COIN HONORING LOUIS BRAILLE

David Menchell writes: "Here's some more coin-related material
from the popular press."

"Congress has authorized the U.S. Mint to produce a silver dollar
commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille,
the creator of the Braille alphabet for the blind.

The legislation, which passed the Senate on Thursday after receiving
approval in the House in February, authorizes the Mint to issue up
to 400,000 silver-dollar commemorative coins in 2009. Braille was
born in France in 1809.

The coins will feature Louis Braille's image and the first Braille
symbol ever minted by the U.S. Treasury, raised dots that will spell
out "Brl," the contraction for Braille."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

[That part about "first Braille symbol" isn't true.  Quick quiz:
which other U.S. coin includes Braille lettering as part of the
design?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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