Five new coins appear in 2013 as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. The second is the 2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter for Ohio.
Marking the seventeenth quarter since the program series began in 2010, the Perry’s Victory quarter has a scheduled release date of April 1, 2013.
This is the date the quarters will begin to enter circulation through Federal Reserve banking channels, and also the release date for United States Mint products containing circulating-quality versions of the coin. That includes Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco produced Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarters in 100-coin bags, two-roll sets of 80 coins and three-roll sets of 120 coins.
America the Beautiful Quarter Quarter Design
Designs for all the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters debuted on December 10, 2012. The U.S. Mint on this date released images of the five quarters in line-art form. Actual images of the coins have since been released.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarters feature a reverse design by Don Everhart. As the coin image above reflects, it depicts the statue of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry with the Peace Memorial located in the distance. Inscriptions include PERRY’S VICTORY, OHIO, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The U.S. Mint will also issue five ounce precious metal versions of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters in bullion and uncirculated versions. The bullion coins, intended for investors, are sold through dealers. The U.S. Mint has not announced the on sale date for the 2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
The other 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters for the year and their release dates include:
- White Mountain National Forest Quarter – January 28, 2013
- Great Basin National Park Quarter – June 10, 2013
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter – August 26, 2013
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter -November 4, 2013
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio
While it commemorates a battle, the memorial truly honors the concept of peace. The monument, touted as the world’s most massive doric column is located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio and stands an eye-catching 352 feet high.
The column was originally constructed from 1912-1915 to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie which occurred during the War of 1812 between the United States and the British empire. During the battle, nine US vessels successfully captured six British vessels insuring US control of Lake Erie.
Lasting peace was at the heart of the construction of the memorial. It celebrates the close bond between the United States, Great Britain and Canada that has occurred since the War of 1812. It is said that beneath the floor of the monument the remains of three American officers and three British officers are buried.
It is estimated that the massive column weighs over 36,800,000 pounds. All of this rests on a concrete ring that is 9.5 feet thick and 12 feet deep.
The column underwent a massive refurbishment starting in 2009 that is expected to last three years. This multi-million dollar project was the result of concerns over the integrity of the structure after a 500 pound piece of granite fell from the observation deck.