[Nfbmo] From silver to chocolate.

Fred goodfolks at charter.net
Thu May 21 02:48:47 UTC 2009

Le Mars Daily Sentinel
>From silver to chocolate: LCS grad has hand in designing coin
Publication Date : 5/19/2009 12:00:00 AM

Just when you think you've heard it all about today's economy eating up your 
you may want to consider there is now new 'money' available to be eaten.
The new Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the first-ever U.S. coin 
to contain
tactile, readable Braile, released March 26 at a special ceremony at the
National Federation of the Blind
 (NFB) in Baltimore, Md., has been 'minted' in chocolate as well as silver.
And, what's more, a Le Mars High School graduate had a hand in making it 
Charleston, S.C.
, the son of Ed and Linda Yagel, Hinton, working with NFB and U.S. Mint 
created the
design for the chocolate replica in his ArtboyGrafix studios in
The chocolate silver dollars, produced by the Chocolate Inn LTD Inc.,
Freeport, NY, 'premiered' at the
 coin launch ceremony. 'It was a fun project to be associated with,' Yagel 
said regarding
working on the replica of the coin recognizing the founder of the Braille 
Louis Braille. 'It was actually a relatively small and simple project,' 
Yagel explained.
'The basic art had been done earlier by the Mint, and all we had to do was 
whip up
a version that worked in chocolate. 'There was no red tape, no forms in 
to contend with. It was a totally straightforward process,' Yagel said. 'It 
us a few hours to muddle through the various versions until we had one that 
in chocolate. The really important thing we had to consider was that we had 
a design
that both closely approximated the coin's design and one that still stamped 
Fortunately Yagel said there were few 'big hurdles' in the project. 'The 
is we found semi-sweet chocolate doesn't hold nearly as much detail as the 
alloy of the real coin and as a result, is decidedly less robust than the 
alloy,' Yagel said. 'It was a matter of dumbing down the design again and 
again to
really simplify the design to meeting the imprinting designs of the vendor.' 
added. 'When you attempted to stamp too much detain into the chocolate 
version, the
chocolate would just melt.' Representatives of Mint and NFB were quick to 
the coin's final design, Yagel added. 'It was approved within 48 hours and 
on immediately to the chocolate vendor. They stamped some samples, and poof, 
it was
done,' he said. Yagel, whose clients have included state and federal 
government agencies
involved in a variety of both civilian and military projects, said the 
coin challenge came through a distributor, Stellar Promotions,
Grand Rapids
, Mich.
 with whom his company has worked on previous projects. 'Designs submitted 
had apparently been unworkable, and it was a time-crunch situation,' Yagel 
'The distributor wanted something immediately, and we were there to take it 
Yagel's ArtboyGrafix firm, a graphic arts company supporting primarily 
publishers, advertising agencies and promotional marketing companies across 
America, also provides promotional items for a number of additional national 
and organizations.
Included among others on his accounts list are Dell, the U.S. Tennis 
and the PGA U.S. Open Tournaments.
Yagel said current plans are for him and his wife, Li, a mathematics 
professor at
The Citadel, Charleston, and their son, Max, 4, to come back to northwest 
Iowa for
a summer vacation and to, as he said, give his parents 'some quality time' 
with their
In the meantime he said he'll be busy with his company's workload of 
additional projects
for a variety of clients.
Will any of the chocolate silver dollars be coming with him?
Yagel expects the greater share of the chocolates will have been distributed 
at various of the NFB coin-launch events. But he said he intends if at all 
to 'snag a few' for his freezer with expectations that his son will enjoy 
them. 'I don't need any more chocolate in my diet at present,' he joked. 
Yagel confesses,
meanwhile that his order is already in for purchase of one of the actual 
proof Braille silver dollars seen as a collectible. 'They're pretty and 
shiny,' he
admitted with a smile. 'I'm getting one.' Coin's history The 'premiering' of 
chocolate silver dollars during the Baltimore U.S. Mint launch event was in 
with the
National Federation of the Blind's
 (NFB) introduction of its national campaign to increase Braille literacy. 
10 percent of the nation's blind youngsters are currently learning the 
Braille system,'
said Chris Danielsen, NFB public relations director, Baltimore. 'The 
Federation hopes
the new program can help break what we see as a Braille literacy crisis at 
the present
time.' Twenty-nine NFB affiliates nationwide are being given the option of 
the new chocolate Braille silver dollars to be used with fund-raising 
efforts at
their discretion, Danielsen said.
The introduction of the candy coins in Baltimore
 involved the placing of the coins in a piata that was broken by blind 
attending the unveiling of the Braille silver dollar, Danielsen said.
NFB's literacy effort, he added, is also being aided in its campaign through 
of a portion of the sale of the silver dollars.
The funding will come from a $10 surcharge included in the purchase part of 
the coin,
Danielsen said. 

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