Baseball Hall of Famer ‘Goose’ Gossage Visits Denver Mint

by Rhonda Kay on May 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Hall of Fame pitcher Richard "Goose" Gossage stopped by the U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado today, May 13, to strike an uncirculated clad half-dollar for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program.

Goose Gossage and Baseball Coin

Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage holds a 2014-D 50c Uncirculated National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin during a visit to the Denver Mint on May 13, 2014. United States Mint photo by Adam Stump.

Gossage, elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008, played for nine teams during his 22-year career in Major League Baseball, including the 1978 world champion New York Yankees. A nine-time All-Star, he is third on the all-time Yankees saves list. Gossage grew up in Colorado Springs and now resides there.

Die setter Ed Gearinger and HOF Richard Goose Gossage

Die setter Ed Gearinger tells Richard "Goose" Gossage about coin striking during a visit to the Denver Mint on May 13, 2014. Gossage inspects a die for an uncirculated baseball clad half-dollar. United States Mint photos by Adam Stump (left) and Patrick Brown (right).

Gossage retired among the top five all-time leaders in games pitched, relief innings and relief strikeouts. He said becoming a baseball Hall of Famer wasn’t his initial dream.

"My dream was to put on a big league uniform one time," Gossage said. "I would’ve paid them to let me play."

Gossage said it was an honor to represent the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the visit, saying he still finds it hard to believe he has a plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Authorized by Public Law 112-152, coins of the program are struck in gold, silver and clad and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coins feature common designs of a baseball on the convex side and a baseball glove struck on the concave side, making them the first curved coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

Baseball coins in silver, gold and clad

The commemorative program has been an enormous success with the $5 gold coins and $1 silver coins selling out within two weeks of their release on March 24, 2014. The clad half-dollars are still available at www.usmint.gov with collector proof versions struck at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco and collector uncirculated versions struck at the Denver Mint.

2014-S 50c Proof National Baseball Hall of Fame Half Dollar Photo

This photo of a 2014-S 50c Proof National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin was taken as it leaned against its packaging box

This chart shows U.S. Mint sales of the baseball coins as of May 11, 2014.

Sales of 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

Coin Prices Sales on Apr 20 % of Total Total Sales % of Max Max Mintages Coins Left
Proof $5 Gold Baseball Coins Sold Out 32,026 64.1% 50,000 100% 50,000 0
Uncirculated $5 Gold Baseball Coins 17,974 35.9%
Proof Baseball Silver Dollars Sold Out 262,091 65.5% 400,000 100% 400,000 0
Uncirculated Baseball Silver Dollars 137,909 34.5%
Proof Clad Half Dollar Baseball Coins $23.95 152,219 62.4% 243,894 32.5% 750,000 506,106
Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar Baseball Coins $22.95 91,675 37.6%

 

Sales for all six commemoratives total 693,894 coins, which means the program has earned more than $46 million. From that amount, nearly $7 million will go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help fund its operations.

Coins may be ordered from the United States Mint online commemorative page, located here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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