Alabama 2003 State Quarter:
Discovering Helen Keller’s Braille Tribute and Botanical Controversy

The 2003 Alabama State Quarter pays homage to the remarkable life of Helen Keller, a courageous Alabaman who overcame profound challenges. The coin’s design showcases Keller seated, engrossed in reading a book written in braille. The caption above her name is presented both in regular English alphabet and Braille, symbolizing inclusivity and accessibility.

The left side of the coin features a longleaf pine sprig, representing Alabama’s state tree, while magnolia blossoms adorn the right side, adding to the state’s natural beauty.

Underneath Keller’s image, a banner proudly declares “Spirit of Courage,” encapsulating the indomitable spirit she exhibited despite her disabilities.

Although the coin faced controversy regarding the representation of Keller and the botanically incorrect flower, it ultimately serves as a reminder of Alabama’s resilient spirit and the inspiring legacy of Helen Keller.

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Norman Nemeth


March 17, 2003


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The 50 State Quarters Program was launched in 1999 by the U.S. Mint and was a 10-year initiative that honored each of the 50 states. The U.S. Mint issued five new quarters each year in the order that the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted into the Union.

The coins have a common obverse design of George Washington and a state-specific reverse design. The coins were produced for about 10 weeks each and will never be produced again.

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