Francis Scott Key penned the words to a song originally known as the “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which would famously go on to become known as the “Star Spangled Banner.” The national anthem of the United States of America was inspired by the courage and bravery of the American soldiers defending Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812 as the British Royal Navy attempted to bombard the fort into submission. Today, 2013-P 5 oz Burnished Silver ATB Fort McHenry Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of protective boxes from the US Mint with an included Certificate of Authenticity!
- Nineteenth coin design in the ATB Series and the fourth issue in 2013!
- Mintage of burnished silver coins is limited!
- Consists of Five Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- The face value of $.25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Obverse side of the coins includes George Washington.
- Reverse side of the coin features the bombardment of Fort McHenry.
- Issued for Maryland in the ATB Series.
- Bears a “P” mint mark from the Philadelphia Mint.
The British Royal Navy assault on Fort McHenry took place from the Chesapeake Bay, with the fort situated in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore and tasked with defending the harbor at Baltimore. During the two-day bombardment, the fort withstood a near-endless barrage of cannon fire from Royal Navy vessels.
On the morning of the second day, American soldiers pulled down the American storm flag measuring 17 by 25 feet which had flown over the fort the previous days. In its place, an ensign raised an American garrison flag measuring 30 by 42 feet. The larger American flag symbolized the resolve of the defenders and their victory over the British in defending the harbor.
All 2013-P 5 oz Burnished Silver ATB Fort McHenry Coins are available to you with the original US Mint display box that includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Burnished Silver ATB coins feature a “P” mint mark from the Philadelphia Mint, unlike their bullion counterparts issued by the West Point Mint.
The reverse of 2013 Burnished Silver ATB Fort McHenry Coins depicts the bombs bursting in air over the fortifications in Baltimore. Francis Scott Key was a prisoner on a Royal Navy vessel in the harbor during the bombardment and commemorated the moment of American victory in what would become the national anthem. As the larger flag mentioned above rose over the fort, he noted: “O say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave.”
On the obverse of all 2013 Burnished Silver ATB Coins is the effigy of George Washington. The nation’s first president has featured on the circulation quarter since 1932 and the design was created by John Flanagan.
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