2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins Debut

by Mike Unser on March 27, 2014 · 112 comments

Launching today, March 27 at noon ET, are the first curved coins ever struck by the United States Mint. Highly anticipated and available at introductory prices are the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins in denominations of $5 gold, $1 silver and 50c clad.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins in silver, gold and clad

Celebrating the 75th or diamond anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, each curved coin is available in numismatic qualities of proof and uncirculated for a total of six product options.

Note: This coin news article includes design details, prices, U.S. Mint ordering options and several images of the coins. An article published two weeks ago offers many more coin images that may help further in a buying decision.

Baseball Coin Designs and Curved Shapes

Obverses or heads side of the commemorative coins depict Cassie McFarland’s winning baseball glove design with National Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton, and Dave Winfield among the judges.

2014-W Proof $5 Gold National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Gold

Shown here is the obverse of the proof $5 piece, one of the six National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins now available from the United States Mint

Her rendition inspired by a well-loved and well-used family glove competed against 177 other designs in a public contest outlined by law. Inscriptions within the glove read: LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the year of issue, 2014. The glove design also highlights the concavity of the coins.

2014-S Proof 50c Clad National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin (Reverse)

Shown here is the reverse side of the proof 50-cent clad half-dollar, one of the six National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins now available from the United States Mint

Gracing the reverse or tails side of each coin is Don Everhart’s depiction of a baseball. Reverses are convex in shape, and include inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and either FIVE DOLLARS, ONE DOLLAR or HALF DOLLAR.

Photos of Don Everhart Sculpting Baseball Glove Design

Photos of Don Everhart Sculpting McFarland’s baseball glove design

Everhart sculpted his and McFarland’s design so they could be scanned and cut into metal hubs and then dies. These dies are placed inside coining presses at the U.S. Mints in Philadelphia, West Point, Denver and San Francisco so they can strike incoming metal discs called planchets and create the baseball commemoratives.

Prices for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

Mintages, introductory prices and regular prices for the six coins are:

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 $424.75 $429.75
Uncirculated $5 Gold Coins $419.75 $424.75

 

The listed mintages are the maximum number of curved coins that may be produced. Laws about commemorative coins tend to be very generous with these totals. In reality, the U.S. Mint will only produce enough coins to fulfill demand, and only sell them through to the end of 2014.

Images of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

Shown here is an image overview of all the commemorative coins from different angles and from both obverse and reverse sides

Also, pricing is static for the silver and clad coins but it may change every Wednesday for two gold coins. Current prices are based on a weekly average of the London gold fixing that sits within $1,350.00 to $1,399.99 an ounce. Every $50 movement outside that range, up or down, will result in a $12.15 adjustment in the price of the gold coins.

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

Finally, prices include surcharges of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half-dollar. These amounts are paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help fund its operations.

Ordering, Limits and Online Waiting Room

When released at noon ET, any or all the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins may be ordered from the U.S. Mint online store.

U.S. Mint Page for Ordering Commemoratives

Also, orders are accepted at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.

In addition to the mintage limits discussed earlier, the U.S. Mint has also implemented household ordering limits of:

  • 50 for each of the $5 gold coins,
  • 100 for each of the silver dollars, and
  • 100 for each of the clad half-dollars

These amounts may later change.

"These coins commemorate important aspects of American history and culture, so we want to make sure a maximum number of customers have an opportunity to purchase this coin," said U.S. Mint Deputy Director Dick Peterson. "We will evaluate these ordering limits on a regular basis and adjust or remove them accordingly," Peterson added.

Due to the large demand expected, the U.S. Mint will also turn on its "Online Waiting Room." The Mint offered these reminders about its waiting room feature.

  • Customers can enter the waiting room to ‘get in line’ to enter the website and make their purchase, and the waiting room will tell customers how long they have to wait before entering the catalog website.

  • While in the waiting room, they may open other tabs in their browser or another browser window to visit other websites.

  • Customers also will have the option to leave and come back later to shop when there is less traffic on the site.

  • They will be informed that they will lose their place in line if they close the waiting room browser window to leave the waiting room.

Coin Specifications and Compositions

Design requirements, coin denominations, major specifications and how many can be made are all outlined by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 112-152, which was enacted on Aug. 3, 2012. The following tables offer major technical details for each type of coin.

 

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin - Profile

$5 Gold Coin – Profile View

$5 Gold Coin Specifications
Weight: 8.359 grams nominal
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Mintage Limit: 50,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.085 inches
Mint Marks: ‘W’ for West Point – Proof and Uncirculated

 

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Silver Dollar - Profile

Silver Dollar – Profile View

Silver Dollar Coin Specifications
Weight: 26.73 grams nominal
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Mintage Limit: 400,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.150 inches
Mint Marks: ‘P’ for Philadelphia – Proof and Uncirculated

 

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Clad Half-Dollar - Profile

Clad Half-Dollar – Profile View

Half-Dollar Clad Coin Specifications
Weight: 11.34 grams nominal
Composition: 92% copper, 8% nickel
Mintage Limit: 750,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.058 inches
Mint Marks: ‘D’ for Denver Mint, Uncirculated;
‘S’ for San Francisco Mint, Proof

 

As the tables show, the commemorative coins each have different dome heights — 0.150 inches (3.81 mm) for the $1 silver dollars, 0.085 inches (2.159 mm) for the $5 gold coins and 0.058 inches (1.4732 mm) for the 50c clad coins.

These heights came from trial and error. It was easiest for silver dollars to have a higher dome since they have a larger diameter and more metal to flow and fill into the designs during striking. The half-dollar was the most difficult. Sizes, compositions and die life all contributed to the eventual dome height specifications.

{ 112 comments… read them below or add one }

JD Sherman April 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

This just in, the mint is checking the coin news site anyone who placed orders and complained about the service will have their order cancelled.

Mike Unser April 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Released about 30 minutes ago, the latest U.S. Mint sales figures are available here:

http://www.coinnews.net/2014/04/01/curved-baseball-coins-selling-fast-collectors-voice-frustration/

SENZA April 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm

@ Jack here is the link, large numbers, little scarcity or value for these even if they sell out. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/cumulativeSalesStatistics/

DaveB April 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

You people need to lighten up a little. HSN doesn’t
have a deal with the mint. They hired a call center(dozens of people) to order on their behalf. they pay a fee for the service and then make a fortune off of uninformed morons who will pay thousands of dollars for a $400 coin. The deal they do have is with ANACS, the third party grader who is going to give all of their coins a 70 grade. Buyer beware when you buy from HSN or any TV pitch shop. They are very good at hyping the value and rarity of whatever they are selling.

Sold Out Gold Baseball Coins April 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

Yesterday morning April 01, 2014 @ 06:25:38 PDT, ebay Item #331166000737 which was a PCGS graded perfect PR70DCAM First Strike and First Pitch Baltimore labeled U.S. Mint 2014-W National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof $5 Gold Coin sold for an incredible $5,000.

art April 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I guess they will ship my order soon because they charge my card.

Victor DeCurtis April 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Change three: Qty: 1 Exp Ship: 6/21/14
2014 BASEBALL HOF UNC $5 GOLD

Carrie June 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

According to Dave B., ANACS gives all of HSN coins a 70 grade. Is this true?

daveb June 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Carrie. Just a supposition on my part. Based on the percentage of a given coin that grade 70 at ngc or pcgs vs all the anacs 70’s I see on hsn. It could be that anacs is just easier on grading.

jim June 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

At the Coin Vault one time they said that they end up buying 100’s? 1,000’s? to get the number of 70’s they want but then again anacs is not one of the premier coin graders either.

Larry Ramos June 28, 2014 at 5:13 am

I graded 4 of each silver proof and mint state. I got 5 70’s out of eight. But I got 4 70’s out of 4 with the clad I had graded. Would you believe that there were 9 out of 10 70’s for the gold. I feel the coin vault is a misleading source, the grading website proves shows over 50% seventy’s BTW

jim June 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

If the mint was doing it’s job right there should be 100% 70’s.

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