War of 1812
Legislation passed in the House
of Representatives and now pending before the
Senate would create a $1 silver coin
commemorating the battle of Baltimore that
inspired the national anthem.
On May 19, the House passed H.R. 2894, an act
“To require the Secretary of the Treasury to
mint coins in commemoration of the bicentennial
of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and
the War of 1812.”
The bill was first introduced by Rep
Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD] in June of
2007. Although nearly a year went by without
solid action, in the end it easily passed with
“From VFW and American Legion halls across the
country to Little League baseball games to
Presidential inaugurations, we play the national
anthem to bring Americans together and honor our
Today in honor of past, present, and future
veterans, we salute their service and sacrifice
with a Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin.
This coin is for all of our veterans.
It is a wonderful way to honor the courage and
dedication of military personnel of today and
yesterday,” said Ruppersberger.
The bill calls for 350,000 commemorative $1
silver coins to be issued in 2012, the 200th
anniversary of the War of 1812.
Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “The
Star-Spangled Banner” when he saw the American
flag flying above Fort McHenry after a 25-hour
British bombardment in 1814. The Star-Spangled
Banner was set to music and became the national
anthem in 1931.
Commemorative coin specifications and design
Should the bill pass the Senate and become law
by Presidential signature, $1 silver coins in
both proof and uncirculated quantities would be
issued with the following specifications:
weigh 26.73 grams;
have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper
As is typical with coin legislation, few designs
details are provided. For the commemorative
coin, the bills states the coins:
” … shall be emblematic of the War of 1812 and
particularly the Battle for Fort McHenry that
formed the basis for the `Star-Spangled
With specific of having the inscriptions of the
year "2012"," Liberty", "In God We Trust",
"United States of America", and "E Pluribus
The coin design process managed by the U.S. Mint
would take over from these legislated
Each bicentennial coin would have a $10
surcharge with proceeds going to the Maryland
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.