A united nation is at the threshold of recognizing the Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  On April 12, 1861 at four-thirty in the morning the Confederates, under the command of General Pierre Beauregard, opened fire with fifty cannons upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Smithsonian Institution introduces a series of events and exhibitions. The series ranges from Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, an exhibit exploring the life and legacy of our 16th president to “Civil War” a collection of Civil War prints, paintings and sculptures. The Smithsonian Institution will be a significant gathering ground for the anniversary, along with a number of additional venues throughout our country.

C. Forbes, Inc. is proud to play a small role in commemorating this historic event. The attached image shows a die struck coin in custom packaging. We found the cannon design fitting, and reflective of the first shots fired on that fateful morning back in 1861. The imagery on the custom box is of archival photographs taken during the Civil War, along with images of both General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee.  More details are available on our website.