2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins at Introductory Prices

by Mike Unser on March 19, 2014 · 10 comments

Last week the United States Mint revealed images of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins and this week the bureau announced their introductory and regular prices.

Curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins in Gold, Silver and Clad

U.S. Mint images of the curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins in Gold, Silver and Clad

On March 27, 2014 at 12 noon ET, the U.S. Mint will release its first ever curved coins in gold, silver and clad to celebrate the National Baseball Hall of Fame and its diamond anniversary.

Those buying any of the commemoratives during the first 30 days will catch a price discount ranging from $4 – $5 per coin. Offered in collector proof and uncirculated qualities, the U.S. Mint will sell up to 750,000 clad half-dollars, up to 400,000 silver dollars and up to 50,000 $5 gold coins.

Here are price points for the coins:

Prices for National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins*

Mintages Introductory Prices Regular Prices
Proof 50c Clad Half-Dollar 750,000 $19.95 $23.95
Uncirculated 50c Clad Half-Dollar $18.95 $22.95
Proof Silver Dollar 400,000 $51.95 $56.95
Uncirculated Silver Dollar $47.95 $52.95
Proof $5 Gold Coins 50,000 $436.90 $441.90
Uncirculated $5 Gold Coins $431.90 $436.90

 

*Pricing of the clad and silver commemorative coins are static while those minted in gold can vary each Wednesday depending on a weekly average of the London gold fixing. The gold coin prices are based on an average gold fixing that is within a range of $1,350.00 to $1,399.99 an ounce. Every $50 move from that range, up or down, will result in a $12.15 adjustment in the price of the gold coins. (See Mint gold coin pricing chart.)

Introductory pricing ends on April 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET, when regular pricing takes effect. At that time, buyers will have to pay $4 more for each clad half-dollar and $5 more for each silver dollar.

As mandated by the law authorizing the coins, Public Law 112-152, the above totals already include surcharges of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half-dollar. Collected amounts will get paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help fund its operations.

Ordering

When released at 12:00 PM ET on March 27, the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins may be ordered from the U.S. Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog.

In addition to the related coin news links directly below, background information about the Baseball coins is available at http://www.usmint.gov/batterup/?action=curvedcoin.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

jim March 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

Mike –
I looked at the 2014 gold coin pricing chart and it’s practically worthless since while all the ranges are listed the average price per ounce for most ranges isn’t. Somebody needs to tell the US Mint their grid is incomplete. You?

Mike Unser March 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

Jim, the Mint is checking into it and should soon have another one published with price ranges in the “Average Price per Ounce” column.

JOE #2 March 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

For sure depending how the metals do by next Wed. (March 26..2014), You should know for sure the prices, Because the mint goes according to Wednesday’s on possible metal price changes and since the coins are coming out on the 27th of March, You should know..

RonnieBGood March 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Wrote a piece on this one then lost it. I hate WIndows 8.
In short why a 1.2 Million mintage? One more time…

My suggestion is to mint a (with new laws to make it legal):
99.999% Copper coin with a 250K mintage that is more affordable.
A 99.999% Silver coin with a 150k mintage that is more desirable.
Finally a 99.999% Gold coin with a 25k mintage and an embedded diamond for the diamond anniversary. This one is more collectable. And why not. 36% of Americans have less than $1k ($1,000) in the bank. Do you think they will spend it on a Gold Proof? Affluent Coin collectors will for a lower mintage.

These high mintages are killing the hobby. The new design is a good change. It is the high mintage that makes it common.

J_Dog March 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

My understanding was that the mintages are just limits set by law. They almost always issue fewer than that because they don’t sell nearly that many.

jim March 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

At least the law restricts sales to 2014 unlike some coin sets dated 2011, 2012, and 2013 which the mint is still offering.
RBG – obviously Congress is not interested in creating collectable coins (i.e. low mintage) but rather coins for the masses. I imagine the Hall of Fame visitor store will stock up on these coins to sell at an inflated cost to visitors in 2015 and later.

RonnieBGood March 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Jim,
It does seem that the Mint is not interested in creating collectable coins… but they should be. Tx for getting it.

JOE #2 March 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Such a pity, A gorgeous silver and gold baseball coin but only 90% silver and gold. I will certainly pass on this one. A good chance down the road coin(s) will get carbon and/or carbon spots because of the copper.. Oh well.

JOE #2 March 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

should read… carbon and/or copper spots….

steve1942 May 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

This coin proves that we have a whole new type of collector. The prices on the open market make these coins more expensive than many rare coin. The collector is either buying because of the shape or subject matter. Never thought baseball was still this popular and a concave coin is basically un-useable. Undoubtedly this coin has been purchased for display purposes not realizing that 3/4 of a million other buyers are doing the same. I really wonder how long the prices will hold. I’ll be shocked if they do but feel very sorry for the unknowing collector if they don’t. I guess some parents are being sucked in thinking they are purchasing a future valuable gift and see this as the Honus Wagner of coins.

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