Released as the fourth 2013-dated strike of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program was the 2013 Fort McHenry Silver Bullion Coins. These coins were issued beginning on August 26, 2013. This specific strike honors Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine found in the state of Maryland with a design showcased on its reverse and are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver like all of the silver bullion coins in the series.
Congress created these America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins under Public Law 110-456, also known as America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. As the name of the act implies, a series of quarter dollar coins were also created by the legislation. Both the quarters and the bullion coins were authorized for five strikes to be created annually per program with the first coins minted in 2010.
Both series will run until at least 2021 at which time both will have seen fifty-six unique coins created as part of their respective series. These fifty-six coins will feature reverse designs emblematic of fifty-six different locations of national interest from around the United States and its territories.
2013 Fort McHenry Silver Coin Values
These Fort McHenry Silver Bullion Coins each have a face value associated with them of twenty-five cents. This face value is in reference to the quarter dollar series which were created at the same time as the silver bullion coins by Congress.
Improving upon that value will be the coin’s intrinsic melt value. This is based on the fact that each of these Forty McHenry Bullion Coins will be struck from five ounces of silver giving each an approximate melt value equal to that amount of the precious metal on the silver market. These coin’s current melt values, once released, may be seen on the Coin Values Page.
Finally, some collectors may be interested in obtaining these Fort McHenry Silver Bullion Coins despite their intended market of investors. If so, the coins would also have a numismatic value associated with them. This numismatic value would likely increase based on the perceived rarity of the coin as well as the condition of the specific strike in question. For example, if the coin is thought to be somewhat rare and its condition is almost "mint state," then collectors would likely be willing to spend more on it than if the market is flooded with the strikes and the specific coin has many scratches or other blemishes on it.
Fort McHenry Silver Bullion Coin Information
The obverse of all of the America the Beautiful related coins contains the same portrait of George Washington. This image of the first President of the United States was initially used on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and was originally designed by John Flanagan. The design has been in use on the quarters in one form or another ever since making it easily recognizable by most familiar with American coinage.
Shown on the reverse of the Fort McHenry Silver Bullion Coin is a design emblematic of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. It is the same basic design that is also featured on the related Fort McHenry America the Beautiful Quarter which the US Mint descirbed with:
"The reverse 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. Inscriptions are FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna."
Fort McHenry Silver Coin Specifications
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (no mintmark present)|
|Obverse Design:||George Washington Portrait|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|
|Reverse Design:||Fort McHenry during a Defenders Day celebration|
|Reverse Designer:||Joseph Menna|