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Bicentennial Coins Honor the Star Spangled Banner

Silver 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin - 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 1812 – 2012.

The U.S. Mint is honoring the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner by issuing commemorative coins that include an image of ships at war that match the scene in 1812 when Francis Scott Key penned the national anthem. Key wrote the national anthem the morning after the British bombarded the Americans at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, during the War of 1812.

Up to 100,000 gold $5 coins and 500,000 silver $1 coins will be issued to mark the anniversary. You can purchase the gold coins for $35 each. The silver coins are $10 each.

Learn more about the Star Spangled Banner coins.

Honoring the Victims of the September 11 Attacks

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA. Please observe a moment of silence on September 11 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the victims.

The anniversary is a day to remember those we lost, and to stand with their families and loved ones. It’s a time to honor all victims of terrorism, including those who have been targeted by al Qaeda and other groups around the globe.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, many Americans were compelled to serve their fellow citizens and communities. As a tribute to that spirit, this Sunday will be the third official National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, more than 1 million Americans are expected to serve in their communities. Service projects range from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. You can find volunteer opportunities in your town at Serve.gov.

Learn more about commemorative services and what you can do to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.