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2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

Join the United States Mint as we celebrate an American treasure – the Star-Spangled Banner. On March 5, we began issuing gold five-dollar and silver dollar coins in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the national anthem. Each coin's design is emblematic of the War of 1812, when the anthem was written. Purchase these historic coins for yourself, a friend or loved one today.

2012 Birth Set

Whether you're a new parent or celebrating the birth of a special little one, the 2012 Birth Set is the perfect gift to commemorate these happy and most memorable times. This special set is filled with five (5) 2012-dated proof coins from the United States Mint at San Francisco and includes spaces to insert a welcome message, the birth date and time, length and weight measurements, a photograph and lock of hair. Purchase this special collection for that new arrival in your life.

2012 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Enhance your collection with the handsomely designed 2012 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin. Proof coins are struck multiple times to project a softly frosted and highly detailed image. Each 24-karat gold proof coin is presented in an elegant hardwood box with a matte finish and faux leather inset. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each coin. View images of the coin or purchase it now by visiting our online catalog.

New $1 Coin Numismatic Program

The United States Mint has added new product options that feature the Presidential $1 Coins. Each of the new four options will be conveniently available to the public at affordable prices in varying quantities. Beginning on April 5, customers can purchase the Presidential $1 Coin Roll featuring the Chester Arthur $1 Coins, the first to be released in 2012. Other product options that will be available later this year, include the Presidential $1 Four – Coin Set, the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set and the American Presidency $1 Coin Cover Series. For more information on the pricing and availability of products containing the $1 coins, visit our Web site at or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

04/02/2012 2012 American the Beautiful Quarters® Bags and Two-Roll Set – Chaco Culture National Historical Park
04/05/2012 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Rolls-Chester Arthur
04/09/2012 2012 Chester Arthur $1 Coin Cover
04/12/2012 2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coins
04/17/2012 2012 American the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Chaco Culture National Historical Park
04/19/2012 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins
04/24/2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
04/24/2012 2012 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set
04/26/2012 2012 Native American $1 Coin Rolls

H.I.P. Pocket Change

Seeing Stars...and Stripes
March Coin of the Month

The golden sky you see behind the sailing ship in this picture is not part of a sunrise. It's the sky on the gold five-dollar coin that commemorates the Star-Spangled Banner.

Did you know that the lyrics to our national anthem were written during the War of 1812? Francis Scott Key was happy to see stars and stripes as the sun rose on September 14, 1814.

Find out more about the anthem, the battle during which it was written, and the specific flag it was written about in two places: the March Coin of the Month and the Commemorative Coins page.

April Is Big
April 2012 Events

April is a month to look forward to in the world of money. It's the home of National Coin Week and Financial Literacy Month. In addition, this April 2 is the 220th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Mint, or what we at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site for kids like to call its "birthday."

2012 is a big anniversary year for several Treasury institutions, but you'll see more about that in the days ahead. Meantime, celebrate with us by reminiscing with our interactive timeline called "Historic Highlights." It provides a quick, fun overview of many of the milestones that have made the United States Mint the world-class organization it is today.

Then you can get more details about the individual facilities with "Inside the United States Mint." They're both in the Mint History section (the red coin icon).