The Declaration of Independence was delivered to the Pennsylvania State House on July 8, 1776 and thus the Liberty Bell rang for the first time in the newly formed nation. Today, some historians doubt the bell actually rang that day. I like to believe, it did ring and called to the people so the reading of the Declaration could be heard announcing the country’s freedom.
“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10) is the message that is inscribed on the Liberty Bell. That message conveys freedom to the people of the United States of America.
The bell which wasn’t named “Liberty” until the 1830s rang out every year for George Washington’s birthday until 1846 when the crack grew to the size it is today. And since 1986 it is gently tapped to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The Liberty Bell is composed of 70% copper and even has traces of gold and silver. It can be viewed at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
The image of the Liberty Bell is on the reverse of the Franklin Half Dollar. The design was created by John R. Sinnock. The coin was minted from 1948 to 1963 and is composed of 90% silver.