On 11 April 2013 a competition was initiated by the United States Mint that would run for a month and give people the opportunity to design a coin for production. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act called for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins and required a competition to select a common obverse design emblematic of the game of baseball.
In total there were 178 entries, all of which were reviewed by three US Mint sculptor-engravers and a Bureau of Engraving and Printing banknote designer who scored them based on artistic merit and how well they’d translate into a coin format. These ‘semi-finalists’ were shown to five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton and Dave Winfield) who evaluated and scored the designs to whittle the field down to sixteen finalists.
San Luis Obispo, CA resident, Cassie McFarland was the winning artist and the design is clearly a great fit for the concave-shaped coin, a first for the US Mint and following on from other recent designs like the Royal Australian Mints superb ‘Southern Sky’ series, and Numiscollects new ‘Wonderful Mosaics’ series, that use the curved strike to great effect.
The common reverse (tails) design of each coin depicts a baseball similar to those used in Major League Baseball®. The final design, also designed and sculpted by Everhart, was approved by the Department of the Treasury on May 20, 2013, after consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The common inscriptions on each coin’s reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Additional inscriptions are: FIVE DOLLARS on the gold coin, ONE DOLLAR on the silver dollar, and HALF DOLLAR on the clad coin (CuNi).
We think it’s a great design and sits brilliantly with the convex shape of the coin. The uncirculated coin looks as nice as the proof, although without seeing them in hand it’s hard to tell for sure. The coin goes up for sale on the 27 March and will likely be a great seller.
The Baseball Hall of Fame’s centerpiece is its historic gallery, where the plaques of all 300 members line the oak walls. Only 1 percent–one in 100–who have played baseball in the major leagues have a plaque in the Hall of Fame.
The museum’s collections contain more than 35,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to the present. These include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the institution’s archives contain in excess of 130,000 baseball cards and 2.6 million library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audiotapes.
|Denomination||Metal||Weight, g||Diameter, mm||Quality||Box – COA||Mintage, pcs|
|1 DOLLAR||0.900 silver||26.73||PROOF OR UNC||Y – Y||400,000|
|5 DOLLARS||0.900 gold||8.359||PROOF OR UNC||Y – Y||50,000|