Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative $1 Silver Coin

Commemorative Coins

Background

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Recipient Organization: Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Surcharges collected from sales of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins—$35 for each gold coin and $10 for each silver coin—are authorized to be paid to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The commission will use these funds to support its bicentennial activities, educational outreach, and preservation and improvement of the sites and structures related to the War of 1812.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Characteristics

The obverse (heads side) design of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar is emblematic of the theme "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry." It depicts Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag with Fort McHenry in the background.

The reverse (tails) design is emblematic of the theme "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the flag). It depicts a waving modern American flag.

All four 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin designs were approved by the Department of the Treasury on November 3, 2011, at the recommendation of the United States Mint, after consultation with the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, as well as review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 2012

Reverse Inscriptions

  • ONE DOLLAR
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Weight: 26.73 grams nominal
Diameter: 1.500 inches (±0.003) or 38.10 mm (±0.08)
Composition: 90 percent silver; 10 percent copper
Mintage Limit: 500,000 across all product options
Place struck: United States Mint at Philadelphia ("P" mint mark)

Artist Information

Reverse
  • Designer: Don Everhart, Sculptor-Engraver

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Content last reviewed June 1, 2016