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03 May 2020

Helen Keller

National Coin Week | The Silver Half Dollar

Helen Keller was born to Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller on June 27, 1880 in Alabama. When she was around 19 months old, she became ill from an unknown illness, and became blind and deaf.

In 1887, Helen Keller began to be taught by Anne Sullivan, a twenty-year-old teacher who had serious vision problems. Anne taught her words by manually signing the words into Helen’s hand and with Helen feeling the objects. Within three years, Helen was able to read and write in braille.

When she was ten years old, Helen wanted to learn how to speak, and was taught by Sarah Fuller at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Helen’s abilities were quickly noticed by Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain. Twain once said, “The two most interesting characters of the 19th century are Napoleon and Helen Keller.”

In 1900, Helen was admitted to Radcliffe College and in 1904, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude.

While she was still a student at Radcliffe, Helen began her career of writing. Her autobiography, one of many books she wrote, was titled The Story of My Life, and was published in 1903. Helen also wrote over 475 speeches and essays on a braille typewriter.

Helen Keller fought for worker’s rights and women’s suffrage. In 1924, she joined the American Foundation for the Blind. While there, she began a $2 million dollar endowment fund. Throughout her life, she won many awards and decorations from many world governments.

On June 1, 1968, Helen passed away in Westport, CT. She is featured on the 2003 Alabama State Quarter, along with her name in English and Braille.

Today, she is an inspiration to many, showing that no barrier is too great to overcome.

Sources

https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/50-state-quarters/alabama

https://www.afb.org/about-afb/history/helen-keller/biography-and-chronology/biography

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Helen-Keller

Comments

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I love this coin.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

That may be the only U.S. coin with Braille on it.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

She was quite the socialist as well, common at that time for activists of the labor movement. I collect all things numismatic related to Alabama, having graduated from THE University

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Lol, the casual bias opinion XD (;

user_7180

Level 5

True definition of courage in action. Never letting anything limit her future.

1943penny

Level 4

Love her story. a true example of what we can do it we put our minds to it. nice blog!

silvar eagle

Level 3

intresting

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. Thanks for the reminder of her. She is an inspiration we can use today..

Mike

Level 7

I ha!ve seen the movie many times. Its that good. It shows her courage and her rage to learn. But she came around and became the example of courage she is today

Golfer

Level 5

Incredible what Helen Keller accomplished. It's amazing. Thanks for the inspiring post of her.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Helen Keller's life is amazing. She accomplished more than most people who have their sight and hearing. She is an inspiration to all.

Mokie

Level 6

If you have an opportunity, watch the movie The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke playing young Helen Keller, it is a very good film about a great lady. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1013973_miracle_worker

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