1 of 6 possible "First Day Ceremony" sets to be permanent part of National Park museum ...
If you read my previous journal entry titled "I Was There!"...
The coin set mentioned has been NGC submitted for a "First Day Ceremony" designation. After correspondences and telephone calls to NGC, it was agreed that these coins will be designated as "First Day Ceremony"(they could have easily obtained a "First Release" or "Early Release" designation). I believe this is the first and only Star-Spangled commemorative 4-coin set to seek the "First Day Ceremony" pedigree.
The "First Day Ceremony" pedigree is established with authenticated paperwork from the US Mint and The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission obtained during the Release Day celebration. US Mint reported that their gold inventory at the ceremony was a scant 16 gold coins (all sold within the first hour).
My intent for obtaining the "First Day Ceremony" designation is to provide a historical gift donation to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. I was among the first in the nation to purchase these coins from the US Mint sales at their launch ceremony held at the Fort (this launch ceremony sale occurred before the 12 noon online sale on March 5th, 2012).
These Maryland-themed coins highlight the Star-Spangled Banner, Fort McHenry and the War of 1812. I was honored to be present at the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Release Day Ceremony.
The curator at the Fort's museum is delighted in the pending donation and await the NGC designated/graded coins.
I'm even more delighted that "my coin set" will have a permanent home in the Fort's museum collection and enjoyed by all who visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
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