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2012 Star Spangled Banner Silver Dollar - Uncirculated
2012 Star Spangled Banner Silver Dollar - Uncirculated

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Our Price: $69.95
Year: 2012
Mint(s): Philadelphia
Composition: 90 percent silver
Diameter: 1.500 inches or 38.10 mm

Product Code: 22309

It all began in 1776.... on September 9th, the United States of America was formally formed and recognized internationally as a new nation founded on the principles of freedom and liberty. It was one year later in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress convened and made the flag of what would become one of the world’s greatest nations, our iconic red, white, and blue "Star-Spangled Banner." After having to wait for over 230 years, our nation’s iconic flag finally has a coin of its own!

A Coin, An Image, An Icon: Forged in the Crucible of Independence

Today the "Star-Spangled Banner" is known as the National Anthem of the United States. Most can place Francis Scott Key as the author ... but does anyone remember the how and why this came to be? Scott Key, a young attorney, was sent by President James Madison to negotiate the release of American hostages on British naval ships. He was chosen because one of them was his close friend, Dr. William Beanes, who had been arrested during the attack on Washington. The British agreed to release the hostages, but Key and the others were forced to remain with the fleet for the duration of the battle, as they had overheard the British attack plans during their negotiation.

The next day, when the smoke from the bombs cleared, Key saw the stars and stripes of the garrison flag. Right there, on September 14, 1814, he wrote the verses of "The Star-Spangled Banner." "The Star-Spangled Banner" was first recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889. It received a big lift from the military in the 1890's, as Army and Navy regulations ordered the playing of the song at all ceremonial occasions. Col. Caleb Carton, commanding officer at Fort Meade was successful in moving President Woodrow Wilson through an executive order in 1914, to designate "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. It was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 and signed by President Herbert Hoover.

The Father of "In God We Trust"

Scott Key did coin one phrase that gave way to a motto so powerful that it still appears today on American currency, "In God We Trust" was inspired by a line in "The Star-Spangled Banner's" fourth verse: "Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'"

Did you know? The Star Spangled Banner’s tempo and score was modeled after a famous Redcoat drinking song, ‘To Anacreon in Heaven’ that many of the soldiers were singing the night Key spent in a cell writing aboard the ship.

A 90% Silver Dollar and the Ultimate Symbol of American Pride

In 2012 for the 200th Anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 the U.S. Mint released a special 90% silver Dollar to commemorate the Star-Spangled Banner. It is a beautiful piece with the obverse depicting Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag with Fort McHenry in the background, while the reverse depicts a waving modern depiction of the American flag.

Other than its massive popularity among patriots, the secret to this coin is in its population ... it has a combined mintage (both Proof and Uncirculated) of less than 210,750 coins ... for comparison the 2014 Baseball Dollars with a mintage of almost more than double (400,000) sold out in the blink of an eye!

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