National Geographic : 1973 Nov
3ieenenialngots in specially-postmarkedcommemorative cachets °MSeventy solid sterling silver ingots depicting the most significant events of the American Revolution. U Each ingot encased in an individual cachet, personalized with the name and address of the subscriber. HI Each cachet postmarked on the 200th anniversary of the event, at the post office serving the site of that event. I Issued in a strictly limited edition. Limit: One Proof Set per Subscriber Subscription Rolls Close: November 30,1973 On December 16, 1773, a small band of American colonists-angered by an unjust British tax on tea-disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians and turned the tide of history. "The Boston Tea Party" fired the flames of freedom and ignited the struggle that was to win us our independence. On December 16, 1973-200 years later to the day-a solid sterling silver ingot will be issued to commemorate that event: the first Official Ingot of the Bicentennial Council of the Thirteen Original States, the authoritative congress of delegates representing the Bicentennial Com missions of each of the thirteen original states. This will be the beginning of a series of ster ling silver ingots of exceptional importance officially commemorating the Bicentennial of each of the most significant events of the Ameri can Revolution. Each ingot will be issued precisely on the 200th anniversary of the event it commemorates. Each will be of Proof-quality and hallmarked. Moreover, each ingot will be enclosed in a spe- cial envelope-cachet personalized with the name and address of the subscriber. The cachet will be postmarked at the post office serving the site of the event commemorated, on the 200th anniver sary of the event-to the very day. 70 Great Historic Events The first ingot, commemorating the Boston Tea Party, will be issued in December 1973. Subsequent ingots will follow, one at a time, throughout the Bicentennial era. The final ingot, portraying the British surrender at Yorktown, will be issued on October 19, 1981-the 200th anniversary of that historic event. The entire series of seventy Official Bicenten nial Ingots will thus recreate the whole dramatic history of the American Revolution and appro priately commemorate this great era. Each Ingot a Work of Art Each ingot will depict a historically-authen tic scene in finely-detailed bas relief, vividly cap turing the drama of the event commemorated. Each ingot will be a true work of art designed and sculpted by a skilled American artist. The ingots will be individually struck by The Franklin Mint, the world's foremost private mint, and the total collection will contain over 60,000 grains of solid sterling silver.