2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin (US Mint images)

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollars

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin (US Mint images)
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin, click to enlarge

General Coin Information

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollars will be released by the US Mint in 2012 to commemorative the bicentennial of the writing of the poem which would go on to become the national anthem of the United States. Both proof and uncirculated versions of the silver dollar will be struck with the US Mint in a total mintage of up to 500,000. The US Mint will also be producing commemorative gold coins to mark the occasion.

Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner after witnessing a twenty-five hour bombardment of Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, during the War of 1812 by British naval forces. In 1931, it went on to become the national anthem of the United States.

Each commemorative silver dollar will be struck from 90% silver and feature a diameter of 1.5 inches. The designs found on both the obverse and reverse of the coins is required by law to be "emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-Spangled Banner" according to the law which authorized them known as the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-232).

Surcharges of $10 will be collected on the sale of each coin. This surcharge will be forwarded by the US Mint to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. It is to be used to support any bicentennial activities, aid in educational outreach activities and for preservation and improvement of the sites and structures relating to the War of 1812.

Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin was designed based on the theme of "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry" by showing Lady Liberty waving a 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner with Fort McHenry depicted behind her. It was designed by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and includes the inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012.

Reverse Design

The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard III and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart based on the theme of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the flag). It show a waving modern American Flag along with the inscriptions of ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Star-Spangled Banner Coin Specifications


Mint: United States Mint
Mintmark: to be determined
Finish/Condition: Proof / Uncirculated
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.730 grams nominal
Diameter: 1.500 inches (+-0.003) or 38.10 mm (+-0.08)
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: TBD
Issue Price: TBD
Mintage Limit: 500,000(across all product options)
Face Value: $1
Obverse Design: Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Design: William C. Burgard III / Don Everhart

 

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