Public Law 111-232 (Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act)

Public Law 111–232
111th Congress

An Act

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act’’.


The Congress finds as follows:
(1) During the Battle for Baltimore of the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet in the Chesapeake Bay on September 7, 1814, to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured after the British burned Washington, DC.
(2) The release of Dr. Beanes was secured, but Key and Beanes were held by the British during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore.
(3) On the morning of September 14, 1814, after the 25 hour British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Key peered through the clearing smoke to see a 42-foot by 30-foot American flag flying proudly atop the Fort.
(4) He was so inspired to see the enormous flag still flying over the Fort that he began penning a song, which he named The Defence of Fort McHenry, to commemorate the occasion and he included a note that it should be sung to the tune of the popular British melody To Anacreon in Heaven.
(5) In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered that the anthem, which had been popularly renamed the Star-Spangled Banner, be played at military and naval occasions.
(6) On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a resolution of Congress that officially designated the Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem of the United States.


(a) $1 SILVER COINS. The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the ‘‘Secretary’’) shall mint and issue the following coins in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner:
(1) $5 GOLD COINS. Not more than 100,000 $5 coins, which shall:
(A) weigh 8.359 grams;
(B) have a diameter of 0.850 inches; and
(C) contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.
(2) $1 SILVER COINS. Not more than 500,000 $1 coins,
which shall:
(A) weigh 26.73 grams;
(B) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
(C) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
(b) LEGAL TENDER. The coins minted under this Act shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
(c) NUMISMATIC ITEMS. For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.


(1) IN GENERAL. The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-Spangled Banner.
(2) DESIGNATION AND INSCRIPTIONS. On each coin minted under this Act, there shall be:
(A) a designation of the value of the coin;
(B) an inscription of the year ‘‘2012’’; and
(C) inscriptions of the words ‘‘Liberty’’, ‘‘In God WeTrust’’, ‘‘United States of America’’, and ‘‘E Pluribus
(b) SELECTION. The design for the coins minted under this Act shall be:
(1) selected by the Secretary, after consultation with the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts; and
(2) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.


(a) QUALITY OF COINS. Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in uncirculated and proof qualities.
(b) MINT FACILITY. Only one facility of the United States Mint may be used to strike any particular quality of the coins minted under this Act.
(c) PERIOD FOR ISSUANCE. The Secretary may issue coins under this Act only during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2012.


(a) SALE PRICE. The coins issued under this Act shall be sold by the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of:
(1) the face value of the coins;
(2) the surcharge provided in section 7 with respect to
such coins; and
(3) the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses,
marketing, and shipping).
(b) BULK SALES. The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
(1) IN GENERAL. The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance of such coins.

124 STAT. 2492 PUBLIC LAW 111–232—AUG. 16, 2010
Vol. 155 (2009): Sept. 9, considered and passed House.
Vol. 156 (2010): Aug. 2, considered and passed Senate.

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