2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar was authorized by Congress under the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-232). These coins debuted from the US Mint on March 5, 2012.

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: tbd
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site


Along with the proof silver dollars, the same act also authorized the US Mint to release uncirculated silver dollars and proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins. All were to feature obverse and reverse imagery "emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-Spangled Banner" according to the authorizing legislation.

Surcharges of $10 per silver dollar was dictated by the Act. These surcharges were to be forwarded to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The commission were to use the funds for bicentennial activities related to the War of 1812 as well as towards preserving War of 1812 historic sites.

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

Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollars were struck to the standard specifications for commemorative silver dollars. This includes a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper with a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

Upon release, these coins were sold by the US Mint for $49.95 which reflected a $5 introductory price discount. The discount was lifted on April 5, 2012.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The US Mint struck these coins at its facility in Philadelphia.

Designer & Sculptor

Struck to be emblematic of the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the silver dollars contain obverse and reverse designs described by the US Mint with:

The obverse design of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver $1 Coin is emblematic of the theme “The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry.”  The design depicts Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag, with Fort McHenry in the background.  Inscriptions are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012.  The obverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse design is emblematic of the theme “The Star-Spangled Banner” (the flag).   It depicts a waving modern American flag.  Inscriptions are ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard III and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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