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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 2, January 9, 2011, Article 11

ON READABLE BRAILLE CHARACTERS ON COINS

Jeff Kelley writes:

A recent piece on the resignation of U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy mentioned that under Moy's tenure the Mint "released the first U.S. coins with readable Braille characters." An E-Sylum reader differed with this claim and commented that "the first coin with Braille characters was the 2003 Alabama state quarter and therefore was not minted during Moy's tenure as Director."

The operative word in the original article's claim is "readable". While the Alabama quarter is the first US coin to portray Braille characters, they are not "readable" - that is, they are too small to be read by a person who uses Braille. The first coin to use "readable" Braille characters (readable by those who use it) was indeed under Moy's tenure.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 2, 2011 (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n01a06.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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