Pictures: Bicentennial coin launch
Gov. Martin OMalley, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and other political and civic leaders gathered at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to take part in the official "release" and sales launch of the coins, a $1 silver coin and a $5 gold coin, both highlighting the Star Spangled Banner and Fort McHenry's role in the War of 1812.
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Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger
At Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, a ceremony was held to kick off the sale of two commemorative coins which will help fund the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. At the podium is Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger who, along with Sen. Ben Cardin , sponsored legislation to create the coins. Seated behind the Congressman is Gov. Martin O'Malley. In the foreground left is a very large model of the gold coin.