The United States Mint has announced an official launch ceremony to be held for the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins. Along with that announcement, the US Mint also issued imagery of the actual strikes to replace the line-art images previously released as well as an image of the two-coin proof set
The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins will officially be launched at 11:00 AM ET on March 5, 2012 at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor Center, located at 2400 East Fort Avenue in Baltimore, MD. Several official dignitaries are expected to attend including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Fort McHenry NM&HS Supt. Tina Orcutt and United States Mint Chief Counsel Daniel Shaver.
Following the ceremony, those in attendance will be among the first to be able to purchase the Star-Spangled Banner Coins. The commemorative strikes will also be made available for ordering via the US Mint's website beginning at Noon (Eastern) on that same day.
The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins include a $5 gold coin and a silver dollar. The Star-Spangled Banner $5 Gold Coin features an obverse by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna emblematic of the theme of "The Battles at Sea During the War of 1812." It shows an American sailing ship in the foreground with a damaged, fleeing British naval ship behind it.
The reverse of the gold coin was designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by Joseph Menna and is emblematic of the theme of The Star-Spangled Banner" (the song). It features the first five words of the national anthem "O Say Can You See" in the handwriting of its author - Francis Scott Key.
Shown on the obverse of the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar is a design by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill emblematic of the theme of "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry." It shows Lady Liberty waving a 15-star 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner with Fort McHenry seen behind her.
Depicted on the reverse of the silver dollar is a design emblematic of the theme of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the flag) which depicts a waving modern American Flag. The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard III and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The $5 gold coins will be sold for a price based on a pricing matrix tying the price of the coins to recent market activity for gold. The silver dollars will debut at an introductory price of $49.95 for the proof and $44.95 for the uncirculated. Following the introductory period, each silver dollar will go up in price by $5.
A special proof two-coin set will also be released by the US Mint beginning on March 5th. This set includes a proof Star-Spangled Banner $5 Gold Coin and a proof Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar. The price of this set will also be based on recent gold market activity like the individual gold coins.
The gold coins are limited to a mintage of just 100,000 across all product options with the silver dollars limited to 500,000. No initial household order limits are in place for either individual coin.
The two-coin set will have an initial household order limit of 50 in place. That limit will be periodically re-evaluated by Mint officials.