2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins Debut

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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.

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ed

Over an hour wait and then the website is terribly slow.

art

i got mine at 12:05 .gold, silver proof. 🙂

Victor DeCurtis

What in God’s name was the U.S. Mint’s website thinking? They closed the damn site at 11:45am and when I went to go there, I was informed I had a 30 minute wait, if I wanted to wait “on the imaginary line.” I chose to wait. 30 minutes went to 38 minutes, to 47 minutes and finally to 1 hour and one minute. Finally I got recognized, 49 minutes later. Then it took almost 18 minutes to place my order for one of each of the coins. Does anyone think Sibelius had her hand in this screw up? Well, I… Read more »

art

guess i was one of the lucky ones

Victor DeCurtis

Art, it’s a conspiracy, I tell you! 🙂

Greg

Only had to wait 15 min. and that was at 12:15 pm est. put my order in.

Blue

This reminds me of the Cabbage Patch Doll craze. You guy’s would probably fight or push people out of the way to get one of these. What happened to patience? I will order mine later.

Greg D.

Back in 2001 the U.S. MINT released the Commemorative Silver Buffalo Dollar coin and within 2 hours from the start of the sale, the U.S. MINT sold out all 50,000 minted coins. There are more people collecting coins then ever before. If people think that they’ll be able to get one of the Silver Commemorative 2014 Baseball coins unless it is purchased within a few hours from the start of the sale. Otherwise, you will be out of luck in getting the 2014 Silver Commemorative Baseball coins.

mark

U.S. Mint are you there…. Lets see, I waited an hour and fifteen minutes in their
“waiting room” then was kicked out as soon as my time was up. Tried to call, of course the lines are busy…. so now I am on another forty five minute wait.

david

The waiting room concept is a disaster. Waited for over 2 hrs. Site came up. Couldn’t order. I am starting to hate the mint. Was this web site designed by the Obama administration…..

Ken

Got into the waiting room at 12pm…….finally completed my order at 12;50pm. I used to get out quicker with the old system of doing things but I imagine this new procedure still has some bugs to work out.

NJMANGA

I got my gold uncirculated, 12:55, silver proof and uncirculated, and proof clad and clad.

NJMANGA

The wait was crazy, it kept going from 30 minutes to 60 minutes kept going up I got lucky but check was ridiculous kept kicking me out of check out took 20 minutes to get one of each and check out because of page loading errors

NJMANGA

My friend who logged on late after 12:30 had to wait 2 hours 45 minutes in imaginary wait room

NJMANGA

Another friend of mine who got in the same time as me got back order on proof silver and uncirculated gold until may for silver and june for gold

RoaringChicken

Long wait and long navigation time, but eventually you get the order placed. I do wonder why the coins were offered only individually and not in sets this time.

Lucky Ducky

Looks like I got lucky. My waiting time was about 5 minutes. I got the Order Summary in my email box at 12:15 EDT. No super-fast, high-speed connection, either.

Victor DeCurtis

Blue, this has nothing to do with being impatient. It has everything to do with incompetence. First off, the coins should have been offered in sets. Three proof and three unc. Having three coins in a presentation box would have been nice and go with the last few years of multiple coin releases. Second, the web site sucks, big time. I just went back to see if the coins were still for sale. 17 minute wait, and still the site is very slow. I read on FB that the gold was sold out, but it looked like they were still… Read more »

Ken

The site’s clean and green as of this posting. No problems logging in or purchasing products. Looks like we might have been snookered into thinking these offerings were going to sell out fast…….well, at least the gold issues. 400,000 for the silver’s gonna take a fortnight to sell out if demand holds. Guess we’ll all find out soon enough.

Todd

It baffles me that the Mint did not offer this in a 3 coin set. A number like 20,000 sets would have been a good number. I guess it just made too much sense to offer these coins in a set. I had a 3 minute wait in the waiting room and had my order in by 12:08 pm.

Overseas

From Europe no problems. I had a 2 minute in the waiting room. My order backordered at 12:09 email.

2014 BASEBALL HOF PROOF $5 GOLD 2 $424.75 $849.50 2 units backordered. Expected to ship on 04/10/2014.

2014 BASEBALL HOF UNC $5 GOLD 2 $419.75 $839.50 2 units backordered. Expected to ship on 06/15/2014.

UNITED STATES MINT REUSABLE BAG 1 $0.00 $0.00 In stock and reserved

Larry Larry

I want the 2014 Hall of fame baseball 5 dollar proof coin

NoShow Jones

Took less than 5 minutes to place an order for the Proof Silver Dollar.

Bob

I ordered the silver coins this afternoon, 3pm central time, backordered, expected shipment June 15th

Robert

Mint took my order but coins are backordered…don’t know if that means my coins are reserved or will the mint say sorry sold out?

Bob

now the gold coins are sold out

Eric

Very disappointed in the waiting room. I’ve never had this kind of waiting time even for post season baseball tickets. 1200 EST start time stinks too. Should have had these on sale at 0900.

Anyone know what the mint will be charging for backordered gold if the order gets filled? current intro price or the going rate at the time of fullfillment?

I wonder how many orders were from dealers with multiple computers? They should have lowered the max to 5 coins for the gold coins.

Mike

I got on site at 11:45 and when it opened back up I waited. Ordered 2 gold proofs, and 4 dollar proof had email confirmation at 12:30pm, just hope I ordered the gold coins in time any feedback if I will get them. The only thing I don’t under stand is the mint knew this was going to be huge deal so why put a 50 limit why not 5 to get enough people a chance that’s the only BS Thing about all this mess also once you order you should be disconnected from site so others have a chance… Read more »

Bob

Since the gold sold out so fast, I will just cancel the silver order, forget the whole deal.

Nick

I entered the site at 12:02 pm and was directed to a waiting room with a 90 minute wait. After 90 minutes, the site was transferring me to the order page and froze up. Was promptly kicked out of line and was again presented with another 90 minute wait. Finally got my order in, but when I clicked on my cart to check out, system froze up again. In the end, I got my order through at precisely 3:35 pm, some 3 1/2 after I began the process.

Ken

Wow, What a complete disaster!! The waiting room was bad enough, But after you actually got on the web site, pages wouldn’t load, took forever to select the coins you wanted, and once you got everything you wanted in your cart. You couldn’t even checkout!! No wounder why the site is a mess, once you get on it you cant get out!! Well It just goes to show how our government works. Did the people from Obama care do this site Too!!

jim

One time they really should have installed the one-per-household limit (instead of 5) and they failed to do so. Gold has gone down in the last week – I’m thinking I’ll get my coins in the aftermarket at even less than what they cost new from the mint…

Greg D.

The U.S. MINT Playing games with our orders. When i place my order at 12:15 pm est. and got order confirmation it stated on the order summary that the coins were going to be ship out on 3/28/14 later in the evening at 9:15 pm est. i went back to check on my order summary now it states the coins are back order and reserved for 4/4/14 & 4/11/14. I have been dealing with U.S.Coins for over 30 years. Spoke to friend who well known in the coin community you know what PCGS & NGC GOT IN FIRST to buy… Read more »

JOE #2

In my opinion, These coins are NO BIG DEAL to begin with. JUST HYPE. The mint made a big mistake by not offering the gold in .9999 fine gold as well as the silver that should have been in .999 fine silver. I will not pay insane crazy prices ( and as well not in sets ) for .900 gold and .900 silver. The other alloys in the gold can possible have affects on the coin later on as far as carbon/ copper spots because of the copper remaining alloy in the coin. The same of course with the silver.… Read more »

Greg D.

Just went back at 9:00 am est. to check on my order with the U.S. MINT and now the order summary states the coins i ordered will be shipped on 3/29/14 back & forth when my coins will be ship. People are canceling there orders

JOE #2

Like i said Greg…H-Y-P-E…. Very overpriced for .900 gold.

JD Sherman

What do we have here, a bunch of cry babies! If you don’t like the way the mints works buy your coin in the after market, other wise just shutup!

JOE #2

JD? This is a discussion board. Everybody is entitled to an opinion. I don’t see anyone crying.

Greg D.

The U.S.MINT is only out to rip people off like all GOV. Agencies. Now for people who have heads up their Butts read this. When you watch TV coin shows and they are pushing Morgan Silver Dollars did you know that majority of these coins are re-strikes. With today’s Technology take a Laser Scanner Scan a Morgan Dollar and then Laser Engrave a blank coin Dye and strike the coin Planchet. This is what you get from TV coin Shows.

JOE #2

Greg, I couldn’t agree more. Especially stay away from the HSN coin shows. If your familiar with them, Then you know. 🙂

Greg D.

In the 70’s during the Nixon Administration when the U.S. TREASURY came across a hoard of Morgan Silver Dollars, these coins were then incapsuled and sold through the GSA. These coins are also re-strikes from a collection of original coin dyes.

John O

Because the mint knew ahead of the sale date that the demand would be high it should have been a one month sale and mint to the sale amount at the end of the period. I would have solved a lot of problems and kept customers happy. It would also given new customers a good first impression to make future purchases.

springer pup

Mint’s web page is says the following: “Waiting List Notice: The number of orders we have taken meets the maximum limit for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin. You may still place an order for this product, which will go on a waiting list. If a product becomes available because of an order cancellation, we will fulfill orders from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.” So the gold coins are sold out. Who would have thought there would be this much demand. I guess it’s hard to find pre-bent coins, must have been… Read more »

SalivateMetal

I was fortunate enough to be at the Mint and got mine IN HAND at 12:05.

Check out the video on my youtube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SalivateMetal/

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net)

As a quick update, here are the opening day sales figures for the six options:

$5 Gold Proof: 26,798
$5 Gold Uncirculated: 14,999
Total: 41,797

$1 Silver Proof: 108,164
$1 Silver Uncirculated: 48,511
Total: 156,675

50 c Clad Proof: 43,376
50c Clad Uncirculated: 29,978
Total: 73,354

The U.S. Mint notes that these are for “day one,” and that the figures are subject to change—order cancellations, credit card returns, etc.

Greg D.

That is what the U.S.MINT put out but many people canceling there orders!!

Jeffrey C.

The site took orders starting at 9am pacific time…I went to the website at 6pm and was placed into the waiting room. I didn’t even have time to finish reading everything in there before I was got into the mint site….and there was no waiting or issues with checkout.
And for people complaining about the amount of silver and gold in the coins…the 90/10 is how they have been doing it since 1982….modern comm start date…. with the commemoratives. Prices go up…fact of life.

Sold Out Gold Baseball Coins

Yesterday Thursday March 27, 2014 on opening day, the U.S. Mint 2014-W gold baseball coins virtually sold out. Today Friday March 28, 2014, there is now the Waiting List Notice: “The number of orders we have taken meets the maximum limit for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame $5 Gold Coins. You may still place an order for this product, which will go on a waiting list. If a product becomes available because of an order cancellation, we will fulfill orders from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot provide information about your position on the… Read more »

NJMANGA

Im loving those first day sales numbers I bought two uncirculated gold which apparently will have a lower mintage number than the proof nice

Rob

Orderd yesterday at 2pm
Mint now has my gold coins “on hold” whatever that means
Also next to each gold coin a 6/16 ship date
And a 4/11 ship date for the silver unc and proof.
Did they not have the gold coins in stock?
Have they been minted yet? Guess not with a 2 1/2 month ship delay.
Unbelievable!

JP

Why does the mints site say “Backordered” but you can still order…
Does that mean you WILL get the coin(s) you order? I ordered 2 PF, 2 UNC gold, and it showed two different backordered dates. The Unc. in April and the proof in July. (I ordered these at about 8am today.) About an hour ago I ordered another Proof gold and it said backordered with a April date. Will I receive these coins? I assume that these coins have not sold out then.

Ron T

Really ? How many of you unhappy folks going to auctally keep your coins and hand them down to the next generation. Get real.

NJMANGA

@Ron T What a stupid comment to say at least for me I collect for myself, its not about handing down crap or spot value or any other intrinsic value attached to stuff its about my collecting nothing more Im not into collecting for money or profit or to hand down to next generation its for my personal collecting nothing more and nothing less but to look at my coins and the beauty to them, im not trying to be a poet but some people actually just collect for themselves nothing more nothing less, if people are collecting for profit… Read more »

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