The obverse of the Perry's Victory & Peace Memorial coin displays a classic portrait of George Washington. This portrait is the work of John Flanagan, and it is also used to mark United States quarters.
In the beginning of the War of 1812, Oliver Hazard Perry was sent to northern Ohio (near Lake Erie) to command the American forces stationed there. During his service, Perry managed to create a valuable naval unit to help hold off British advancement.
In September of 1813, the British attacked Lake Erie expecting a quick victory. The Battle of Lake Erie commenced, and everything seemed to point toward a British victory due to their modern and accurate canons. Under Perry's command, however, the U.S. ships were able to secure an unlikely victory. This victory cut off British supply routes, forcing them to abandon Detroit.
To commemorate Perry and this true underdog victory, construction of the Peace Memorial began in 1912, and President Franklin Roosevelt officially established the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Monument on June 2, 1936. Today, the area sees more than 150,000 visitors per year.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2013 with 17,707 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 by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury out of eleven possible designs
- Contains 0.999 pure silver and is a valuable investment piece
- Coin's quality is guaranteed by the United States Mint
- The Perry's Victory & Peace Memorial coin was officially released on April 1, 2013
- It is the second ATB coin released for 2013 and celebrates an historic Ohio landmark
The America the Beautiful series, including the Perry's Victory & Peace Memorial coin, is available both as circulated coinage and uncirculated bullion. 5-ounce bullion coins contain 0.999 fine silver, making their value far exceed their face value of $0.25.
Because the America the Beautiful Coin Series is produced and minted by the United States Mint, the United States government guarantees the weight and purity of each coin. Additionally, because the US Mint is an IRA approved mint, America the Beautiful Silver Coins qualify for a self-directed Precious Metal IRA.
Coins from the America the Beautiful series, like the Perry's Victory and Peace Memorial Silver Coin, are sought by coin collectors because of their production quality, metal purity, and limited mintage.