2013 US Mint America the Beautiful Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 3-Coin Set
The nineteenth coin in the US Mint’s popular America the Beautiful quarter series, this 2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine America the Beautiful three-coin set depicts the “Defender’s Day” celebration held at Fort McHenry, complete with fireworks exploding above the fort representing the “rockets’ red glare.”
The set contains two uncirculated Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarters - one each from the Philadelphia US Mint and the Denver US Mint, as well as one proof-quality coin from the San Francisco US Mint. Proof-struck coins, commonly referred to as specimen-minted, are the most highly revered of all collectible coins. Coin aficionados devoutly pursue this elite class of coin because of its exceptional numismatic value and unmatched beauty.
An equally ideal gift item for fans of our national monuments – especially Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – and for beginning coin collectors by displaying the same item from three mints sampled by uncirculated and proof, each set mounts the coins on a durable plastic card with a description and image of the national forest and a Certificate of Authenticity on the back.
In all, there will be up to 56 specially designed numismatic offerings between 2010 and 2021.
Celebrating one of the major victories in the War of 1812, The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is the site of the "rockets’ red glare.” That well-known line was penned, literally as munitions exploded around him during the bombardment, by Francis Scott Key as he crafted the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry.” That poem would eventually become “The Star Spangled Banner,” our National Anthem. The poem itself was widely ignored until an enterprising soul found that the tune of a popular drinking song of the day, “To Anacreon in Heaven,” matched exceedingly well with the lyrics of "Defence of Fort McHenry.” The rest is history.
The other coins dated 2013 will feature:
• Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (OH)
• Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
• Great Basin National Park (NV)
• White Mountain National Forest (NH)
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