2013 Fort McHenry Quarter

Offered as the fourth of five 2013-dated release of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the 2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter.

2013 Fort McHenry America the Beautiful Quarter

2013 Fort McHenry America the Beautiful Quarter

The Fort McHenry Quarter Dollars are scheduled to be released by the Federal Reserve Bank system into general circulation on August 26, 2013. On or near that same date, the US Mint will likely also begin offering circulation quality Fort McHenry Quarters in bags and rolls for sale directly the the public.

Each new quarter will feature a reverse design emblematic of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine located in the state of Maryland. The fort was originally constructed following the American Revolutionary War to defend Baltimore Harbor.

It was called upon to do just that during the War of 1812. The fort stood against a bombardment from British naval forces which was witnessed by lawyer Francis Scott Key. Following the engagement, Key wrote a poem which would go on to become the national anthem of the United States known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The site became a national park in 1925. It was redesignated a national monument and historic shrine in 1939. It is the only site to feature the double designation of national monument and historic shrine.

Fort McHenry Quarters Dollars are the nineteenth coins to be issued as part of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters series. The program debuted in 2010 and features five new strikes released annually as part of it. The last of fifty-six new coins of the series is scheduled to appear in 2021.

Fort McHenry Quarter Design

Showcased on the obverse of all America the Beautiful Quarters is the same portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This portrait has appeared on the obverse of circulating quarters since 1932, with minor variations, and was originally designed by artist John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, QUARTER DOLLAR, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the mintmark.

The reverse of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter contains the design emblematic of the national site. It was completed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna and depicts a view of the "Defenders Day" celebration held at Fort McHenry annually. The fireworks offered above are emblematic of "rockets red glare" from "The Star-Spangled Banner." Reverse inscriptions include FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

 

Fort McHenry Quarter Specifications

Mintmark: P, D, S
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Weight: 5.670 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Date of Issue: August 26, 2013
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Joseph Menna

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