Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar
Senate bill casts new light on a proposal to
commemorate the bicentennial of the
‘Star-Spangled Banner’ with a silver dollar.
Maryland Senators Cardin and Mikulski introduced
S. 3525 Thursday, which calls for 350,000
commemorative $1 silver coins to be issued in
2012, the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Each silver coin would:
weigh 26.73 grams;
have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper
S. 3525 follows on the heels of the passage of
House Resolution 2894, the Star-Spangled Banner
and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed
H.R. 2894 in May with the support of nearly 300
cosponsors. It was then forwarded to the Senate
Both Senate and House bills are identical with
the exception of slight language variations in
the surcharge sections. The Senate version also
has a different title, the ‘Star-Spangled Banner
Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act‘ — a drop
"War of 1812."
Francis Scott Key wrote the poem "The
Star-Spangled Banner" when he saw the American
flag flying above Fort McHenry in Baltimore,
Maryland after a 25-hour British bombardment in
1814. The Star-Spangled Banner was set to music
and became the national anthem in 1931.
As is typical with coin legislation, few design
details are provided. The bills simply state the
" … shall be emblematic of the War of 1812 and
particularly the Battle for Fort McHenry that
formed the basis for the ‘Star-Spangled
The commemorative coin would include
inscriptions of the year “2012″,” Liberty”, “In
God We Trust”, “United States of America”, and
“E Pluribus Unum.” It would also have a $10
surcharge with proceeds going to the Maryland
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
S. 3525 was read twice and referred to the
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban
Either of these bills could be taken up in full
measure, pass both houses, and then get signed
by the President to become law.