The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar coin.
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The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar coin.

The United States Mint issued the 2012 Star Spangled Banner Silver Dollar to commemorate the War of 1812, particularly the Battle of Baltimore that formed the basis for the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner.

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key, an eyewitness to the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

Key was inspired to write the poem commemorating the historical event after an attack of gunfire and bombs that lasted approximately 25 hours. Inspired by the sight of the enormous American flag flying proudly over Fort McHenry once the smoke had cleared, he wrote the verse he named “The defence of Fort McHenry”.

The obverse design was designed by Joel Iskowitz and features an image of Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe flag with Fort McHenry shown in the background.

The reverse was designed by William C. Burgard II and depicts the modern American flag waving.

Order Ref 185/711P/0

Specifications

  • Country of Issue: United States
  • Year of Issue: 2012
  • Denomination: $1
  • Quality: Proof
  • Metal: 900/1000 Silver
  • Weight: 26.73g

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.