2012 $5 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Gold Coin

The 2012 $5 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Gold Coin was released by the United States Mint on Monday, March 5, 2012. These strikes were issued in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the national anthem of the United States of America.

2012 $5 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Gold Coin

Mintage: 100,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: tbd
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site


Congress authorized the release of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins with the passage of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-232). In addition to commemorate the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the coins also mark 200 years since the War of 1812.

Surcharges of $35 per gold coin was directed to be collected by the US Mint with the proceeds to be forwarded to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The commission will use the funds to support bicentennial related activities, educational outreach, and preservation and improvement of the sites and structures related to the War of 1812.

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Coins

The United States Mint will strike a total of four different coins in 2012 to commemorative the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Those four coins include:

  • 2012 $5 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2012 $5 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

Total mintage for the coins is set at a maximum of 100,000 $5 gold coins and 500,000 silver dollars.

Issue Information

Each Star-Spangled Banner Gold Coin will be struck from 90% gold to the diameter of 0.850 inches with a weight of 8.359 grams.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Star-Spangled Banner Proof Gold Coin on March 5, 2012.

Issue Price

The US Mint initially charged $529.30 for the proof strikes which reflected a $5 introductory price discount. As a gold numismatic product of the Mint, price adjustments could be made weekly on the release as the market fluctuated.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The US Mint struck the proof coins at its facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The authorizing legislation requires that each coin "shall be emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly
the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-Spangled Banner."

Obverse and reverse designs are described by the US Mint with:

The obverse (heads side) design of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Gold $5 Coin is emblematic of the theme “The Battles at Sea During the War of 1812.”  It depicts a naval battle scene from the War of 1812, with an American sailing ship in the foreground and a damaged and fleeing British ship in the background.  Inscriptions are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1812 – 2012.  The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

The reverse (tails side) design is emblematic of the theme “The Star-Spangled Banner” (the song).  It depicts the first words of the national anthem, O say can you see, in Francis Scott Key’s handwriting against a backdrop of 15 stars and 15 stripes, representing the Star-Spangled Banner flag.  Additional inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and FIVE DOLLARS.  The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by Mr. Menna.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $5
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 8.359 g
Standard Diameter: 0.850 inches
Edge: Reeded

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