Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located near Ohio’s South Bass Island, commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the most significant naval battles of the War of 1812. It also celebrates the lasting peace between Britain, Canada, and the United States that followed the war. It is the world’s largest Doric column, measuring 352 feet, and was constructed from 1912-1915. The remains of three American officers and three British officers lie beneath the stone floor of the monument.
The Perry’s Victory Quarter depicts the statue of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry with the Peace Memorial shown in the distance. Also included in the design are the incused phrases “Perry’s Victory”, “Ohio”, and “E Pluribus Unum”, as well as the date of issue. The coin will represent the second issue of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program for 2013.
An official launch ceremony for the coin will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM. The location of the ceremony will be Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial,
93 Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456. The evening before, a coin forum will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 SE Catawba Road (State Route 53), Port Clinton, OH 43452.
In addition to release for general circulation, the Perry’s Victory quarter will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following numismatic products:
- in 2-roll sets from the Philadelphia and Denver mints
- in 3-roll sets from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints
- in a single roll from the San Francisco mint
- in 100-coin bags from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- as part of the 2013 Uncirculated Mint Set
- as part of the 2013 Proof Set and Silver Proof Set
- in the 2013 Perry’s Victory Quarter Three-Coin Set
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set
- as part of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
The design will also be released as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.