McFarland Wins Baseball Coin Design Competition

by Mike Unser on October 15, 2013 · 12 comments

A baseball glove designed by Cassie McFarland will grace the heads side of curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins, the United States Mint officially revealed Tuesday, Oct. 15.

2014 $1 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Commemorative Coin

Rendering of the 2014 $1 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Commemorative Coin. Cassie McFarland’s winning designed is shown left. It will appear on the obverse (heads side) of all the baseball coins. Don Everhart designed the reverse (tails side) that will appear on all the coins. It is shown to the right. The two images show how the coins will be curved.

McFarland’s design and her initials will appear next year on up to 50,000 $5 gold, 400,000 $1 silver, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins that celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cassie McFarland

This photo on the Mint’s website bears the message “Congratulations Cassie McFarland!”

The 27-year old artist from San Luis Obispo, California drew inspiration for her design from a "well-loved glove" used by her family while she was growing up in the historic railroad town of Roseville, California. McFarland, a practicing figurative painter and photographer, holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Studio Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Her baseball glove design competed against 15 other finalists drawn from 178 entries submitted between April 11 and May 11, 2013 and reviewed by various bodies to include a panel of Baseball Hall of Fame judges.

The official winning announcement was more of a formality given that the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recommended McFarland’s design back in July. The Department of the Treasury made the final determination on Sept. 4, 2013.

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin - Obverse Rendering

Rendering of the concave-shaped obverse and its baseball glove design by Cassie McFarland.

McFarland will also receive $5,000 for her work, as outlined in the design competition and authorized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152).

United States Mint Sculptor-engraver Don Everhart was tasked with taking McFarland’s line art design and sculpting it for use on coinage. A article on Friday will include a few photos and a short video of Don making some finishing touches to a plaster model of the baseball glove design.

Plaster model of Cassie McFarland’s baseball glove design

Don Everhart’s plaster model of Cassie McFarland’s baseball glove design. Return to on Friday, Oct. 18, for a short article about Everhart’s sculpting of the design.

Don also created and sculpted the commemorative coin reverses which look like a Major League Baseball.

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin - Reverse Rendering

Rendering of the convex-shaped reverse and its Major League Baseball design by Don Everhart.

These commemoratives will be a first among American coinage. Their obverses will be concave and their reverses convex. This curved shape is intended to impart the commemorative coins’ baseball theme.

Prices for the commemorative coins and their release dates will be announced early next year. All prices will include surcharge amounts of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half-dollar. These surcharges, as required by Public Law 112-152, will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help finance its operations.

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Kyoungwon October 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

The reverse design feature of this coin is a little bit similar to that of Lithuanian european basketball championship coin(2011), I think.

coinrat2 October 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

Typical of the US Mint to fall short of an opportunity to create a beautiful design. Just another piece of GARBAGE.

RonnieBGood October 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

I am curious to see how they will grade this one…

coinrat2 October 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Kyoungwon, looked at the Lithuanian design and completely agree with you. Perhaps a copyright infringement case will be forth coming. But again as I stated earlier, just another piece of Garbage from the US Mint.

RonnieBGood October 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

I agree. This coin is very plain looking. So was the Girl Scout commemorative coin. 🙁

Is the Mint having a loss of styling like the US Auto industry had in the 1980’s? US Mint, the collecting community is yearning for the coin design stylings of the Golden Age of Coins!

jim October 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Congratulations to Ms McFarland for her design.

coinrat2 – if you think it’s garbage then don’t buy it. Personally I think it’s a very appropriate design. What was your suggestion?

Joe #2 October 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Well, I’m looking forward to picking up one of these babies. I think it looks marvelous. Great job with the design. 🙂

barry October 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

completely agree with jim and Joe#2. Congratulations to Ms MacFarland. the Mint got it right for a change.

Kevin October 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Love coins and baseball. May have to get one of these. Not looking forward to another exorbitant premium, though.

Coinslahttt October 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Kyoungwon more like kyounglostmyrespect- this is a great coin design and what’s up with all the Lithu-whining-uh?

jim October 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hopefully the prices won’t be any different than what they’re charging for the 5 Star Generals coins vis-à-vis the prices of gold and silver.

Coin Artist November 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Cassie McFarland won the competition for the U.S. Mint 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. The U.S. Mint should offer her a job as an Artist to Liven Up Its Coins and Medals per their Artistic Infusion Program (AIP).

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