Today, August 26, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of numismatic bags and rolls of 2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarters. This represents the nineteenth overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the Fort McHenry Quarter features a portrayal of the site during the “Defenders Day” celebration. The fireworks represent the “rocket’s red glare” linking the fort to its historic past and inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s lyrics to the poem which would be adopted as America’s national anthem. The reverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
Originally, the US Mint had provided four different candidate designs for the coin, which were all rejected by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The US Mint had then provided another eleven different candidates, with many presenting aerial views of the fort. From the second field of candidates, the CCAC made a recommendation for the design which was eventually selected. The CFA made no recommendation and reiterated their earlier request for a plan view of the fort.
The array of products available for the 2013 Fort McHenry Quarters include coins struck at the main production floors at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. The Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins with the “P” and “D” mint marks are also released for circulation and included in annual sets. The circulating quality San Francisco Mint coins with the “S” mint mark are not released for circulation or included within annual sets.
Specific products available from today include the following:
- 100-coin bags containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each
- 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95 each
- two-roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P” and “D” mint marks priced at $32.95
- three-roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks priced at $46.95
Each of the products feature special numismatic packaging which includes the name of the site, the state abbreviation, the face value of the contents, and the mint mark.
For recent previous releases, the most popular options have been the two roll sets and the three roll sets.
The US Mint has not established any mintage or product limits. Rather the products will remain available for one year from the initial release date or until inventory is depleted prior to the one year timeframe.