The 2013 Fort McHenry Silver Uncirculated Coins were issued by the US Mint as the fourth 2013 release of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin Program. These silver uncirculated coins are each struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches and feature a reverse design emblematic of a site of national interest with this specific coin honoring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
The United States Mint released these coins for sale to the public on August 29, 2013. Initial pricing was set at $154.95. Maximum mintage for the release was established at 25,000.
If the design criteria sounds familiar, it may, it is the same as the Mint uses for the America the Beautiful Quarter® Program. In fact, this series of silver uncirculated coins will contain basically the same design as will be found on the related Fort McHenry America the Beautiful Quarter.
That design will also be found on yet a third unique strike as it will be used on a coin of the related America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program as well. These bullion coins were minted from five ounces of silver like the uncirculated strikes, but are intended for investors. This differs from the silver uncirculated coins which are intended for collectors.
2013 Fort McHenry Silver Uncirculated Coin Values
The Fort McHenry Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck for collectors, as previously stated. As such, they each have a numismatic value associated with them. This value is based on the amount that the coin would be worth to a collector and generally increases as the coin’s perceived rarity increases. It also goes up if the coin is relatively close to "mint state" meaning it is, or almost is, free from scratches and other blemishes.
Another value to keep in mind is the coin’s melt value. As each of these strikes are composed of five ounces of silver, they should always at least be worth approximately that amount of the precious metal on the open market.
Finally, and likely the least value associated with the coin will be its face value. That is because each of these coin’s is based on the related quarter dollar and thus has the same face value – twenty-five cents.
The Coin Values Page will show recent sales figures for the coins as well as up-to-date melt values based on current market prices.
Fort McHenry Silver Uncirculated Coin Information
Shown on the obverse of the Fort McHenry Silver Uncirculated Coins is a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This portrait was originally completed for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and is also be seen on each America the Beautiful related strikes including these silver uncirculated coins.
A design emblematic of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is showcased on the reverse of the coin. The design of the associated quarter dollar was described by the United States Mint 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."
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Portrait of George Washington|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|
|Reverse Design:||Fort McHenry during "Defenders Day" celebration|
|Reverse Designer:||Joseph Menna|