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Braille on coin a first for USA

Braille.jpgA prototype of the first U.S. coin with readable Braille characters was unveiled July 2 by Mint Director Ed Moy at the National Federation of the Blind?s annual convention in Dallas during the March for Independence.

The 2009 commemorative honoring Louis Braille, who invented the Braille alphabet will not be sold to collectors until next year. It celebrates the 200th anniversary of Braille?s birth.

?I am pleased that the United States Mint is playing a role in the cause of bringing literacy to all blind and visually impaired Americans,? Moy said.

It was noted that prior U.S. coins that depicted Braille had characters not large enough to be read by the blind.

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