Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument Coin

The U.S. Mint first began releasing the America the Beautiful series in 2010 as a tribute to America’s national parks and historic sites. Five coins are released each year for this series, and one of those coins is the Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter silver coin. Continue reading to learn more about this coin, its history and to see if it’s right for your coin collection.

DESIGN

Front / Obverse

The front side of the Fort Moultrie coin features a restored portrait of George Washington that is recognizable for being seen on the front of all United States quarters.
Designer: John Flanagan

Rear / Reverse

The back of this coin shows Sergeant William Moultrie flying the regimental flag during the attack on Fort Moultrie during the American Revolution. British ships are shown sailing in the background.
Designer: Richard Scott

 

HISTORY

At the beginning of the American Revolution, American soldiers began building Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina to protect the city of Charleston from attack. Unfortunately, British ships attacked before the fort was finished.

Commander William Moultrie led a group of soldiers into battle to protect the fort. The battle lasted for a whole day, but the British ships retreated. The fort was named for Moultrie, and he is presented on the back side of this coin.

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