The United States Mint will open sales for the limited-edition 2012
Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar set at noon Eastern
Time June 1.
Restricted to a release of 50,000 units, the limited-edition set
contains a Proof 2012-P Star-Spangled Banner silver dollar, a
reproduction of one of Francis Scott Key’s original manuscripts of his
poem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the full lyrics to the “Star-Spangled
Banner” and information about the U.S. national anthem against
colorful artwork depicting the battle between U.S. and British forces
for Fort McHenry in Maryland.
The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar set is
priced at $53.95. A household order limit of 100 units will be in
place for a minimum of one week. The ordering limit will be
re-evaluated at that time and may be raised, lifted or extended.
Orders will be accepted at the Mint’s online catalog, www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by
telephone at 800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may
order by calling 888-321-6468.
All domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee
of $4.95 per order.
The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law
111-232) authorizes the United States Mint to strike and issue up to
100,000 gold $5 coins and 500,000 silver dollars to commemorate the
bicentennial of the writing of the U.S. national anthem.
Surcharges collected from coin sales — $35 for each gold coin and
$10 for each silver coin — are authorized to be paid to the Maryland
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission after the U.S. Mint recoups all
The commission will use the net surcharges to support its
bicentennial activities, educational outreach, and preservation and
improvement of the sites and structures related to the War of 1812. ■