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Kick off

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 Governor Martin O'Malley. In the foreground left is a very large model of the gold coin. The U.S. Mint will sell 100,000 gold coins and 500,000 silver coins.
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