2009-P Louis Braille Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar

Celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of a revolutionary inventor, the 2009-P Louis Braille Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar was released by the US Mint on March 26, 2009.

Mintage: up to 400,000 across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 11 Dec 2009
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site

Louis Braille, who was born with sight but became blind at the young age of four, was responsible for the invention of the Braille Reading System used by those who are visually impaired to be able to read text. It uses a system featuring a maximum of six raised dots in two columns to represent each letter.

A surcharge was placed on the sale of each coin by the US Mint with the funds raised being forwarded to the National Federation of the Blind to promote Braille literacy.

Other 2009 Braille Coin Options

In addition to this proof Braille Silver Dollar, the US Mint offered three other Braille Coin options in 2009:

  • 2009-P Louis Braille Bicentennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2009-P Louis Braille Bicentennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar with Easy Open Capsule
  • 2009 Braille Education Set (contains one 2009-P Uncirculated Braille Coin)

No more than 400,000 of the Braille coins were allowed to be struck across all product options.

Issue Information

The Braille Silver Dollars are struck from 90% silver and 10% copper.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Braille Silver Dollars on March 26, 2009.

Issue Price

An introductory price of $37.95 was offered by the US Mint for the Braille Coin. Prices were raised to $41.95 on April 27, 2009.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘P’ mintmark found on each coin indicates it was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

The portrait of Louis Braille found on the obverse (heads side) of the coin was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse (tails side) shows a young child reading a Braille book with the letters BRL shown in actual Braille above him. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Standard Weight: 26.73 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches or 38.10 mm
Edge: Reeded

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