On August 29, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the latest America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin featuring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine located in Maryland. This coin represents the fourth release for the year and the nineteenth release overall for the numismatic series of five ounce silver coins featuring the designs of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The obverse design of the coin features a restored version of John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington. This has appeared for the obverse of each coin in the continuing series. Inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”. The “P” mint mark for Philadelphia is also included.
The reverse features a depiction of the site during the “Defenders Day” celebration, which is the centerpiece annual event held at Fort McHenry. The fireworks in the sky are symbolic of the “rocket’s red glare” and provide a link to the fort’s historic past. Inscriptions within the outer ring include “Fort McHenry”, “Maryland”, “2013”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver with a weight of 5.000 troy ounces and diameter of 3.000 inches. The coins carry a special finish created through a vapor blasting technique.
A maximum mintage of 25,000 coins has been established for this release. There are no household ordering limits in place. Pricing is set at $154.95, however as with all US Mint products containing precious metals, this remains subject to potential change.
The next numismatic issue for the series will feature Mount Rushmore National Memorial located in South Dakota. This is scheduled for release in November.