The Ft. McHenry silver coin's obverse features a restored version of John Flanagan's classic George Washington portrait that is present on all United States Quarters.
Fort McHenry was used during the War of 1812 to protect Baltimore Harbor from British warships. On September 13, 1814, the British waged battle on Fort McHenry, with the fight lasting for around 25 hours. Fort McHenry managed to hold, and the British retreated.
Fort McHenry is famous for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the poem "The Star-Spangled Banner", which would later become our country's national anthem. Key was a witness to the Fort McHenry battle, and was inspired by the American soldiers' determination to hold the fort.
Fort McHenry was finally named a National Monument and Historic Shrine in 1939, and brings almost 750,000 visitors a year to Maryland.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2013 with 17,792 uncirculated coins
- Silver Content: 0.999 fine silver
- Diameter: 76.2 mm in diameter (3 in.)
- Thickness: 3.25 mm in thickness (0.128 in.)
- Weight: 5 troy ounces (155.5g)
- Face Value: $0.25
- Coin Highlights:
- This coin's design was chosen out of numerous contenders by the U.S. Treasury Secretary
- The 4th series coin released in 2013 and the 19th America the Beautiful Coin overall
- Contains 0.999 pure silver
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the United States Mint
- While the coin's final design is chosen by the U.S. Treasury Secretary, design options are reviewed by numerous committees and recommendations are made by the Mint itself
The Fort McHenry Silver Coin, like all coins in the America the Beautiful coin series, is produced by the US Mint, and consists of five troy ounces of .999 fine silver. The silver in each is sourced from the United States, and the United States government guarantees the weight and purity of each coin.
Because these coins are minted by a sovereign entity, recognized as legal tender, and guaranteed by the US government, each qualifies for a precious metal IRA.
Additionally, each design is minted for a short time, which limits the mintage of each. The quality and the limited mintage of these coins make them highly coveted by coin collectors.