Hall of Famer Joe Morgan autographs a poster for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program during the launch ceremony March 27 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Rios also noted that she had a chance to strike one of the coins at the Philadelphia Mint and her boss, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, had done the same at the San Francisco Mint.
Rios also presented to Clark the glove that served as artist Cassie McFarland’s model for the common obverse. Clark promised that the glove would go on immediate display in the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum that is filled with baseball memorabilia.
McFarland did not attend the Capitol Hill event.
An artist from San Luis Obispo, Calif., McFarland won the public design competition for her rendition of a well-used glove that had been in her house since her childhood.
U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II, who designed the common convex reverse depicting a baseball similar to that used by Major League Baseball, sculptured McFarland’s design as well as his own.
Everhart, who was at the March 27 coin launch ceremony, predicted to Coin World that the coin would likely be a candidate for “Coin of the Year” next year.
Joe Morgan speaks
In his remarks during the ceremony, Morgan, a two-time National League Most Valuable Player at second base, said the contest McFarland won produced “tons of great designs.”
Morgan predicted the Mint’s baseball coins would be “the best coins we’ve ever minted in the U.S.”
Robinson, 77, known as the “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” for his unparalleled defensive play at third base for 23 Major League seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, has not played professional ball for decades. However, he noted, “I can still dive and catch ’em. I just can’t get up.”