2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins will be issued by the United States Mint as one of two commemorative coin programs of 2012. Released as part of the program will be a $5 gold coin and a silver dollar, both struck to proof and uncirculated conditions.


Each Star-Spangled Banner $5 Gold Coin will be composed of 90% gold with a diameter of 0.850 inches. The Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollars will be struck from 90% silver and have a diameter of 1.5 inches.

This series of commemoratives was authorized by Congress under the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-232). Terms of that act dictate that no more than 100,000 of the gold coins be issued with a maximum mintage of 500,000 of the silver dollars.

Each coin was required to be "emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly
the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-
Spangled Banner," according to the authorizing Act. Final designs for the strikes were unveiled by the US Mint in December of 2011.

"From the perilous naval engagement in the harbor with the Stars and Stripes waving above Fort McHenry, to the opening line of our national anthem dramatically depicted in Francis Scott Key's handwriting, these gold and silver coins capture iconic symbols of the Battle of Baltimore, a critical conflict in the war to preserve our liberty," said United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson about the designs.

Surcharges of $35 per gold coin and $10 per silver dollar are to be collected by the US Mint. These surcharges will be forwarded to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

In 2012, the US Mint will also be issuing the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars.

Coin Designs

Displaying a theme of "The Battles at Sea During the War of 1812," the obverse of the Star-Spangled Banner $5 Gold Coin shows an American ship in the foreground with a damaged, fleeing British naval ship behind it. Obverse inscriptions include IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1812 - 2012.  The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

The reverse of the $5 gold coin is based on the theme of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the song). It shows the first words of the national anthem of the United States, "O say can you see" in the hand-writing of their author, Francis Scott-Key. Behind the words, are 15-stars and 15-stripes, representative of the Star-Spangled Banner. The reverse includes the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and FIVE DOLLARS and was designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by Mr. Menna.

Shown on the obverse of the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar is a theme of "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry." It depicts Lady Liberty in the foreground waving a Star-Spangled Banner with Fort McHenry in the background. Obverse inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012.  The obverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Each silver dollar reverse portrays a design of the theme "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the flag) by showing a waving modern American flag. Reverse inscriptions include ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard III and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Coin Specifications

Mint: $5 Gold Coin - West Point / Silver Dollar - Philadelphia
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated; Proof
Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% alloy / 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 8.359 grams / 26.730 grams
Diameter:0.850 inches / 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: TBD
Mintages: 100,000 / 500,000
$5 Gold Coin Obverse Design: Donna Weaver / Joseph Menna
$5 Gold Coin Reverse Design: Richard Masters / Joseph Menna
Silver Dollar Obverse Design: Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill
Silver Dollar Reverse Design: William C. Burgard III / Don Everhart

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