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.
“This coin is wonderful for the Hall of Fame,” he added.
Both the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended McFarland’s design for the obverse of the coin. Both panels reviewed proposed obverse designs for the coins in the summer of 2013.
The CCAC and CFA votes for the glove design were unanimous.
For many members of the two panels, the choice was an obvious one.
“You have a home run,” exclaimed CCAC Chair Gary Marks at the July 2013 meeting.
The decision, said Donald Scarinci of CCAC, a New Jersey lawyer and medals specialist, was “a no-brainer.”
The obverse design was recommended after a national competition that drew 178 entries.
Noting that the reverse features a baseball, CCAC members in July 2013 agreed with the CFA that the selection of a baseball glove for the obverse was a natural choice.
Both review panels urged the Mint to drop one feature from the original design, a pair of wheat sheaves that Hall of Fame representatives also disliked.