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Re: 1812 Ships, coins, and Baltimore

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  • gary beauregard
    Me too. ... From: Charlie Quesenberry Subject: Re: 1812 Ships, coins, and Baltimore To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com Date: Friday, March 5,
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 5, 2010
      Me too.

      --- On Fri, 3/5/10, Charlie Quesenberry <charliequ2@...> wrote:

      From: Charlie Quesenberry <charliequ2@...>
      Subject: Re: 1812 Ships, coins, and Baltimore
      To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, March 5, 2010, 10:52 AM

      I'm all for it.  I just bought the new DAV coin from the U.S. Mint (and I'm
      not coin collector) and would be more than happy to do the same for this.

      On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 9:46 AM, John <johnmaass23@...> wrote:

      > http://baltimore.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/03/01/story4.html?b=1267419600%5E2947201&t=printable
      > A coin commemorating the War of 1812 could net $8.5 million for Maryland
      > and bankroll a three-year state celebration surrounding the birth of "The
      > Star-Spangled Banner."
      > But before state officials can determine the scope of festivities,
      > including a parade of tall ships and a potential international soccer game,
      > a bill backing the coin must pass the U.S. Senate. Profits from the coin
      > would be the shot in the arm tourism leaders are seeking to make the event a
      > reality and attract mass exposure for the state.
      > "We want to use the War of 1812 to put Maryland front and center," said
      > Bill Pencek, executive director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial
      > Commission, part of the state's Department of Business and Economic
      > Development.
      > The bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, would authorize the
      > U.S. Treasury to mint 600,000 gold and silver coins that would be sold
      > during 2012. The proceeds from a surcharge on the coins would go to the
      > commission for the celebration. Under the bill, the commission — a
      > heavy-hitter group of local business leaders — would need to raise $8.5
      > million in matching funds from the private sector. Cardin, D-Md., is
      > optimistic the bill will pass before the end of 2010, spokeswoman Susan
      > Sullam said.
      > "It will really allow us to go all out," U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
      > said of the coin. The Maryland Democrat pushed for the coin's approval in
      > Congress.
      > Only two commemorative coins are approved a year by lawmakers and a coin
      > honoring the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center has already been
      > passed for 2012. A coin in commemoration of the National Future Farmers of
      > America Organization is competing with Maryland.
      > Maryland's idea for a coin stems from a model used by Virginia for its
      > Jamestown 400 celebration in 2007. A coin honoring that event garnered $5.7
      > million. The 18-month celebration featured 13 signature events — including a
      > visit from the Queen of England — and generated $1.2 billion in sales and
      > 20,600 jobs, according to Virginia estimates.
      > Meantime, Pencek is already laying the ground work for events in Maryland.
      > The city and state are in talks with Operation Sail, the nonprofit charged
      > with organizing a tour of tall ships during 2012 commemorating the war. In
      > 2000, more than 30 tall ships docked at the Inner Harbor for six days and
      > drew more than a million visitors who pumped around $100 million into the
      > local economy, said Laura Stevenson, executive director of Sail Baltimore.
      > Chris O'Brien, executive director of Operation Sail, said the scope of a
      > 2012 event in Baltimore depends on how much the city and state will be able
      > to contribute to the event. "They'll be in one size, shape or form, some
      > type of event in Baltimore," O'Brien said.
      > The sailing festival would kick off the bicentennial period in mid-June.
      > The celebration is slated to conclude in December 2014 with an Army-Navy
      > football game. State officials also are eyeing an exhibition soccer game at
      > M&T Bank Stadium featuring the U.S. and England, the two countries that
      > battled in the War of 1812.

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