Commemorative coins honoring the National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be issued in 2014.
President Barack Obama signed legislation into law on Aug. 3
authorizing the United States Mint to strike Proof and Uncirculated
versions of three coins for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
The law permits the production of a maximum of 50,000 gold $5 half
eagles, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.
The price of each coin will carry a surcharge, at $35 per $5 coin,
$10 for the dollar and $5 for the half dollar.
The surcharges will be used to support the National Baseball Hall
of Fame and Museum’s educational outreach programs, including “the
ongoing efforts to reach America’s youth with meaningful lessons, such
as the BASE (‘Be A Superior Example’) program, which promotes healthy
living and choosing to live and play free of performance-enhancing
substances,” according to a news release from the Hall of Fame.
The 2014 gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar are to be struck
using a technique that would produce coins resembling a baseball with
a concave obverse and a convex reverse.
Included in the law is a provision called the “sense of Congress”
directing the Mint to use a special design technique “to the extent
possible without significantly adding to the purchase price of the coins.”
“It is the sense of Congress that coins minted under this Act
should be produced in a fashion similar to the 2009 International Year
of Astronomy coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris, the French Mint, so
that the reverse of the coin is convex to more closely resemble a
baseball and the obverse concave, providing a more-dramatic display of
the obverse design. …”
The law also requires the common obverse design for all three
denominations to be emblematic of the game and to be selected through
a competition. The winner of the competition would be compensated with
at least $5,000, with the amount to be determined by the Treasury secretary.
The reverse of the coins is to depict a baseball similar to those
used by Major League Baseball.
The designs will be selected by the Treasury secretary after
consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the
Commission of Fine Arts; and review by the Citizens Commemorative Coin
The law allows the Treasury secretary to accept design proposals
from artists, engravers of the United States Mint and members of the public.
Hall of Fame anniversary
The authorizing act, H.R. 2527, was introduced July 14, 2011, by
Rep. Richard L. Hanna, R-N.Y. The Baseball Hall of Fame resides in
Cooperstown, N.Y., a location within Hanna’s 24th District of New
York. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
The year 2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on June 12, 1939.
Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus
Wagner comprised the inaugural class of inductees. Since 1939, just
one percent of all Major League Baseball players have earned induction
into the Hall of Fame.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum houses the world’s
largest collection of baseball artifacts, including more than 38,000
three-dimensional artifacts, 3,000,000 documents, 500,000 photographs
and 12,000 hours of recorded media.
Since its opening in 1939, more than 14 million baseball fans have