Finalist Designs for National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins Unveiled

Designs Displayed in the Museum

July 26, 2013
Ozzie Smith and Brooks Robinson help announce the finalists of the Commemorative Coin design competition. (Craig Muder/National Baseball Hall of Fame)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – As history is made this weekend in Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the United States Mint have teamed up to unveil a new historic coin sure to become one of the treasures of the National Pastime. 

The common reverse (tails side) design for the United States Mint’s 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins debuted on Friday during opening day festivities of the July 26-28 Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. The design is displayed in the Museum’s Class of 2013 exhibit adjacent to the Plaque Gallery. 

The design, which will appear on the reverses of all three coins in the program, depicts a baseball similar to those used in the big leagues. Inscriptions on each coin’s reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Additional inscriptions include FIVE DOLLARS on the gold coin, ONE DOLLAR on the silver dollar, and HALF DOLLAR on the clad coin.  

The 16 finalists for the obverse (heads side) of the coin were also unveiled on Friday in the Museum. The final design for the obverse side will be selected this fall. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152) authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year. The coins’ reverses will be convex to more closely resemble a baseball, and the obverses (heads side) will be concave, with a design emblematic of the game of baseball.  The obverse design is being selected from a public design competition.  

The United States Mint will release the coins in early 2014. 

The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792.  It became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer. 

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