Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins Issued

by US Coins Today on March 5, 2012

in Commemorative Coins, Gold Coins

Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins (US Mint images)The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins were released for sale today, March 5, 2012 at Noon (Eastern) by the United States Mint.

This includes the Star-Spangled Banner $5 Gold Coin struck to both proof and uncirculated condition as well as the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar, also struck to both proof and uncirculated condition. In addition, the US Mint also released a Star-Spangled Banner Two-Coin Set containing a proof gold and a proof silver Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin.

These coins were authorized by Congress with the passage of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-232). According to the Act, the coins were struck "in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, and for other purposes."

Shown on the obverse of the $5 gold coin is a design by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. It shows an American sailing ship is shown in the foreground with a damaged and fleeing British ship in the background. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by Joseph Menna and shows the first words of the national anthem, O say can you see, in Francis Scott Key's handwriting in front of 15 stars and 15 stripes, representing the Star-Spangled Banner flag.

The Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar obverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and shows Lady Liberty waving a 15-star and 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner. The reverse depicts a waving modern American Flag as designed by AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard III and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

Both are available now from the US Mint online store or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Sold at  introductory prices, the proof gold coin is offered for $529.30, the uncirculated for $519.30, the proof silver dollar for $49.95 and the uncirculated for $44.95. The Two-Coin Set is initially offered for $579.30. These introductory prices will end on April 5, 2012, at 5 pm (ET). In addition, the gold coins and the two-coin set are subject to weekly price changes based on recent market activity for the precious metal.

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