2012 Star Spangled Banner Special Set

Item Number: 76123
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 1 1/2 inch (38.1mm) Round
Material: 0.86 oz .900 Silver Proof
(0.77 oz of Silver)
Price: $59.99
 
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2012 Star Spangled Banner Special Set

Collectors and history buffs will enjoy this proof silver coin celebrating one of America’s pivotal historic moments. The US Mint’s Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar is a representation of the morning of September 14, 1814, when Francis Scott Key spied the American flag still flying defiantly over Fort McHenry despite a devastating 25-hour bombardment by British forces during the War of 1812.

This silver dollar measures 1-1/2 inches in diameter, and is composed of 90% silver. This silver dollar is a proof coin, created to be the best version of a coin possible. The Star-Spangled Banner silver dollars were struck with carefully cut and hand-polished dies, as well as highly polished blanks. This creates a mirror-like finish to the coin, and the result is both stunning and valuable.

The coin is presented in a detachable capsule within an elegant tri-fold display showcasing the history of the national anthem, and also includes and a replica of the parchment hand-written draft by Francis Scott Key.

Stirred by the symbolism of the proud flag and the unyielding fort, Key immediately wrote a poem he entitled, “The Defense of Fort McHenry.” Key suggested it be sung to the melody of a British song, “To Anacreon in Heaven.” By 1916 it had become known as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with President Woodrow Wilson ordering it be played at military ceremonies. On March 3, 1931, Congress and President Herbert Hoover made “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States.
The obverse of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar captures the triumphant nature of the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, depicting the metaphorical Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner with Fort McHenry in the background. The reverse focuses on the flag itself, and shows a waving modern American flag.

As the most beautiful versions of a limited-mintage coin, the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar deserves a place in your collection.