The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is the birthplace of our country’s national anthem, and was named for James McHenry, our Nation’s second Secretary of War. Following the burning of the U.S. Capitol and several other federal buildings in August 1814, British forces attacked Baltimore. Francis Scott Key, a poet-lawyer, witnessed the September 13-14 bombardment of Fort McHenry while under British guard on an American truce ship in the Patapsco River. Seeing his country’s flag still flying over the fort the next morning, he was moved to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner." Fort McHenry was first established as a national site on March 3, 1925 (43 Stat. 1109).
The series features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model, on the obverse (heads). The reverse (tails) design represents the site during the "Defenders Day" celebration, considered the centerpiece annual event held at Fort McHenry. The fireworks symbolize the "rocket’s red glare," linking the fort to its historic past. These striking numismatic collectibles are produced with an uncirculated finish and display a "P" mint mark for the United States Mint at Philadelphia, where they are struck. These coins are legal tender and have a nominal face value of 25 cents. Their fineness and weight are edge-incused on the coins. The coins are encapsulated, set in a protective outer box, and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. These coins are produced in limited quantities.
In 2010, the United States Mint began to issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. 2013 marks the fourth year of the program and features the next 5 quarters.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Weight||5.000 troy ounces|
|Diameter||3.000 inches (76.2 mm)|
|Thickness||0.165 inch (4.19 mm)|
|Mint and Mint Mark||P – Philadelphia|
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