Baseball Coin Designs Down to 16 Finalists

by Darrin Lee Unser on July 22, 2013 · 3 comments

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins will launch next year in $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad versions.

2014 Baseball Coin Designs - Obverse Finalists

2014 Baseball Coin Designs – Obverse Finalists (larger images are shown below)

These 2014-dated coins issued in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will feature reverse designs of a baseball, struck to a convex shape to resemble the ball’s curvature.

Then there is the common obverse (heads side) design. As part of the process leading up to the release, multiple design candidates have been created with 16 finalists now officially confirmed. The road getting to the design finalists had a few curves itself.

To start with, the authorizing coin legislation called for a public design competition. Accordingly, the U.S. Mint Baseball Coin Design Competition was created with submissions received from April 11, 2013 through May 11, 2013. This event marked the first time a public coin design competition was held by the U.S. Mint since 1992.

Excitement for the competition seemed high and a total of 178 entries were submitted. From these entries, 21 semi-finalist designs were chosen based on multiple rounds of judging against the criteria of artistic merit, coinability, technical and historical accuracy and theme relevance. But then there was a bit of a hiccup. The U.S. Mint found that one of its judges failed to follow protocol.

"The Mint discovered a discrepancy that occurred when an internal judge did not follow the established criteria," said Tom Jurkowsky, U.S. Mint director of public affairs. "To protect the integrity of the competition and to be fair to all contestants, the Mint dropped that judge’s scores."

With those scores removed, five more designs were added to the semi-finalist list for a new total of 26. From those, 16 were selected as finalists. These will be presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for review and comments. Their opinions will be taken into consideration by the Acting Director of the United States Mint who will make a final recommendation. The actual design selection is the responsibility of the Secretary of the Treasury and will be announced in September.

As mentioned, 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins will be issued in three different varieties. This includes 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 400,000 half-dollar clad coins. Surcharges will be collected on the sale of these coins with proceeds forwarded to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help finance its operations.

Obverse Baseball Coin Designs

Images of 16 finalist designs are presented below:

Third time Diamond Jubliee

Third time Diamond Jubliee

The proud American classic

The proud American classic

The love of the game

The love of the game

The Big Three

The Big Three

SluggerCoin

SluggerCoin

Liberty is a Grand Slam

Liberty is a Grand Slam

Hall of Fame Coin

Hall of Fame Coin

Essence of a Nation's Pastime

Essence of a Nation’s Pastime

Dad's Baseball Glove

Dad’s Baseball Glove

Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Batter Up Baseball Coin Design

Batter Up Baseball Coin Design

bat & glove

bat & glove

America's Pastime

America’s Pastime

America's Favorite Pastime

America’s Favorite Pastime

America's Favorite Pastime

America’s Favorite Pastime

A Hand Full of Gold

A Hand Full of Gold

For more information about the competition, visit batterup.challenge.gov.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

jim July 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Well at least the convex side of the coin will look like a baseball. For the obverse I’d vote for a glove which is naturally concave like the Dad’s Baseball Glove coin or the Hand Full of Gold coin. They’ve got 3 chances to get it right.

sean7k July 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

I like the hand full of gold. Not cluttered and a nice ball to glove theme.

John Hernandez July 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I think “The proud American classic” best addresses the challenges of this competition. Some of the other designs look more like a patch that you would sew onto a uniform. Others look like clip art that was simply dragged into a circle. The baseball glove theme ( of which there are four versions ) is too obvious and rather stagnant. The “Diamond Jubilee” looks like a silhouette of two guys fighting while the “Slugger coin” looks like the batter has a broken leg. “The proud American classic” looks like what a coin should look like. Besides representing baseball it has a strong patriotic theme. It is a well balanced design with strong symbolism and enthusiasm for not just the sport of baseball but for our country as well. Fabulous design.

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