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War of 1812 Bicentennial Coin
By CoinNews.net

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 298 cosponsors.

“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 nation.

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 Banner’.”

With specific of having the inscriptions of the year "2012"," Liberty", "In God We Trust", "United States of America", and "E Pluribus Unum."

The coin design process managed by the U.S. Mint would take over from these legislated guidelines.

Each bicentennial coin would have a $10 surcharge with proceeds going to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

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