When you look at a coin, you can exactly see what’s on it. If you can see, of course. If you can’t, you can feel certain details. Maybe a head, a number, an animal. For those who can’t see, much of this information is unavailable.
But even if you see what’s on a coin, there maybe things which you cannot identify if you do not have the understanding of a given country’s culture.
A coin has more than purchasing value to it. It represents the history, culture and the art of a country. My dream is to provide this information to people who can’t see it, and enhance the understanding for those who can see it, but are not necessarily familiar with what it means.
Let me give you a couple of examples.
A Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar can be described as” “profile of JFK”. Or, also as: John F. Kennedy in profile, facing to the left, with hair parted on the left-hand side. In large lettering around the top half of the coin is written “LIBERTY”, with the B, E, and R slightly obscured by Kennedy’s hair. In a straight line across the bottom quarter of the coin is written in small lettering “IN GOD WE TRUST”, with Kennedy’s neck separating IN GOD and WE TRUST. Along the bottom edge of the coin is written “1776-1976”.
Or, a Hungarian 100 Forint, can be described as: In the center, the Lajos Kossuth coin design,featuring Lajos Kossuth, Regent-President during the Hungarian Revolution, in right-facing profile. His short, wavy hair is brushed forward and parted on the right-hand side. He has a wide, curly mustache and a low, thick beard and sideburns.To his left is written “1802-1894” and to his right is written “KOSSUTH”. Below the border of this coin design is written in small lettering the year, with a bullet point on either side. Starting to the left of this and forming a ring around the outside of the coin is written “MAGYAR KŐZTÁRSASÁG”. There is a ring of small dots forming a border around the coin.
These descriptions are more vivid, interesting and educational.
You can find some more descriptions here.
For years now, I’ve been collecting descriptions of coins, mostly the ones which I have in my collection. But I would like to take this project further, and have the coins of the world described. Ok, much of it at least.
I am very curious if other people think that such a project has value. In particular, I wonder if other blind people would find it a useful project and would read these descriptions if I made it available for free. Also, I’d be curious if such a thing would be interesting for those who can see.
I am working on a plan to make it possible. But before I get further into it, I would like to ask your opinion. What do you think? Is it a good idea? Is it indifferent? Would you be interested in the coins of your own country, or would you like to read about coins of any other countries? If I could get a large number opinions, it would greatly help me shape this project to something that would be of interest to many people.