Collectors looking for Fort McHenry quarters can get them on August 26, 2013. That’s when the fourth 2013-dated America the Beautiful Quarter depicting Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland is launched into circulation and available in several products sold directly by the United States Mint.
Waiting for the quarters to make their way into change can take a long time since banking institutions cannot order specific ones by design. Getting them in good quality can also present a problem. That’s where the U.S. Mint comes in, though at a cost. Collectors can order circulating quality Fort McHenry quarters straight from the Mint in single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets and bags. The cost is the premiums to buy them.
Designs on Fort McHenry Quarters
Appearing on reverses (tails side) of the quarters is a depiction emblematic of the national site of Maryland, a scene during Defenders Day holiday. Reverse inscriptions include FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. This design was created and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
Obverses (heads side) on all America the Beautiful Quarter and related America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins have a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
U.S. Mint Circulating-Quality Products with the Quarters
Circulating-quality quarters are produced for use in commerce, ordered from the Federal Reserve by local financial institutions around the U.S. The Federal Reserve first orders quantities based on expected needs from the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint also pulls quarters from its production floors to place in single rolls of 40 coins, two-roll sets of 40 coins per roll, a three-roll set of 40 coins per roll and 100-coin bags. These are the products its sells through its website.
Fort McHenry quarters will come from three U.S. Mint facilities — Philadelphia (P), Denver (D) or San Francisco (S). The first two plants are responsible for striking all circulating coins in the U.S. Therefore, Fort McHenry quarters from Philadelphia and Denver will eventually end up in pocket-change. Circulating quarters from the San Francisco Mint, however, are not sent into circulation. They are made only for coin collectors.
2013 P, D & S Fort McHenry Quarters Three-Roll Sets
A three-roll set of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarters is listed for $46.95. Each of the rolls has 40 circulation quality coins with one roll from Philadelphia, one roll from Denver and one roll from San Francisco.
U.S. Mint-branded wrapping is used for the rolls. On the wrapping are the words ‘America the Beautiful Quarters® Program’, ‘Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine’, the abbreviation ‘MD’ for Maryland, ‘$10’, and ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ to represent the minting facility.
2013 P&D Fort McHenry Quarters Two-Roll Sets
Two-roll sets cost $32.95. One roll is from the Denver Mint and the other is from the Philadelphia Mint.
40 quarters are in each roll. They re actually the same P & D rolls that are found in the above described three-roll sets.
2013-S Fort McHenry Quarters 40-Coin Rolls
40-coin rolls of Fort McHenry quarters from the San Francisco Mint are priced at $18.95. These coins are made in at San Francisco an intended specifically for numismatic or collector products such as this.
San Francisco produced circulating-quality America the Beautiful Quarters made their debut in 2012, which is two years after the America the Beautiful Quarter series began.
2013 Fort McHenry Quarters 100-Coin Bags
Finally, there are 100-coin bags of circulating-quality Fort McHenry quarters from Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco. These 100-coin bags are priced at $34.95 each.
Every canvas bag is imprinted with U.S. MINT, QUARTERS and $25.00. The label attached to the bags reads the same the printing on the rolls.
Where to Order the Rolls, Sets and Bags
When released at 12:00 Noon ET on the 26th, single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets and bags of the coins are available from the U.S. Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Here is a link to the United States Mint’s page of products featuring only America the Beautiful Quarters.
Normally, there is a $4.95 shipping and handling fee for all domestic orders. However, the Mint is waving this fee through September if orders are placed through its website.
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters
Fort McHenry quarters are the fourth of five 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. Prior issued coins included:
- 2013 White Mountain National Forest quarters honoring the national forest in New Hampshire
- 2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial quarters honoring the memorial of Ohio
- Great Basin National Park quarters honoring the national park in Nevada.
The last strike of the year, due out in November, honors Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota.
These five coins represent the sixteenth through twentieth of the program that kicked off in 2010. The series offers five America the Beautiful Quarters annually until 2021, with each commemorating a unique site of national interest.
2013 Fort McHenry Five Ounce Silver Coins
Bigger versions of the America the Beautiful Quarters are struck by the Mint from five ounces of 99.9% pure silver to a diameter of three inches. This includes the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin issued as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin™ series and the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin released in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series.
These silver coins have the same designs as the quarters. Aside from their size, edges are also different. Quarters have a reeded edge while the silver coins have flat edge with letterings of .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE. The bullion coins are also expected out on August 26, 2013. These are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized distributors. The uncirculated coins are offered directly to the public by the U.S. Mint and have an on-sale date of August 29, 2013.