National Geographic : 1973 Nov
THE BICENTENNIAL COUNCIL OF THE THIRTEEN ORIGINAL STATES, established by the delegates of the Bicentennial Commissions of the thirteen original states, is dedicated to making the nation's forthcoming Bicen tennial a time for revitalizing our appreciation of the history of the American Revolution. The seventy most significant events of the Revolutionary Period-from The Boston Tea Party to The British Surrender at Yorktown-will be commemo rated by The Official Bicentennial Ingots. Specific events will include: The major battles of the Revolution. Lexington. Concord. Bunker Hill. Princeton. Bennington. Monmouth. Savannah. Charleston. Yorktown. The great politicalevents. Patrick Henry delivering his "Liberty or Death" speech. The meeting of the First Continental Congress. The signing of the Declaration of Independence. Congress adopting the Articles of Confederation. Moments of triumph and courage. The midnight ride of Paul Revere. Ethan Allen's "Green Mountain Boys" taking Fort Ticonderoga. Thomas Paine publishing his "Common Sense." The sacrifice of Nathan Hale. The long winter at Valley Forge. The great events of the Revolution sweep across seven years of history and through many cities in America and Europe. Philadelphia,where independence was born. Boston, where the secret Committee of Correspondence was formed. London, where the colonists' representative was rebuffed by the King of England. Saratoga,a British defeat that was a turning point in the war. Paris, where Benjamin Franklin obtained an important alliance with the French. Yorktown, where the last major action of the war took place. The site of each event, as well as the event itself, will be commemorated. Proofs of each ingot will be accompanied by personalized cachets individu ally postmarked at the post office serving the site where the event occurred -on the 200th anniversary of that event. Thus, subscribers will build a com plete collection of The Official Bicentennial Ingots in their original com memorative cachets-postmarked on the anniversary dates and at the places where the Revolution took place. The Bicentennial Council of the Thirteen Original States has appointed The Franklin Mint, the world's foremost private mint, as the official minter for the series. Subscriptions for Proof Sets-the only sets that will ever be issued should be sent directly to The Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19063 and must be postmarked by November 30, 1973.