Treasury Department employees, outside contractors and their
immediate families will be ineligible to submit designs for the common
obverse for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
The exclusions are being made to remove any perceptions of
favoritism, U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said March 26.
The design competition, to be launched April 11, is open to the
public, with the noted exclusions.
Excluded from participation, including immediate family members,
are, according to White:
➤ Employees of the Department of the Treasury, including the
United States Mint and other Treasury offices and bureaus.
➤ Contractor employees who are performing work under a contract
with the Department of the Treasury, including the United States Mint
and other Treasury offices and bureaus, which includes current members
of the U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program.
➤ Former AIP contracted artists.
➤ Individuals involved in the design evaluation process, including
the staff of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, members of the
Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and members and staff of the U.S.
Commission of Fine Arts.
“The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act
requires the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct the competition and
to make the final selection of the winning design,” according to a
March 26 Mint statement released by White.
“Therefore, there was a consensus among senior United States Mint
officials that deeming Department of the Treasury employees, Treasury
contractor employees, and other persons involved in the design
evaluation process (as well as their immediate family members)
ineligible to participate was necessary to promote objectivity,
impartiality, and public confidence in the integrity of the
competition,” White said.
“Accordingly, the United States Mint specifically recommended this
limitation in the design selection and approval process that it
proposed to the Secretary, and the Secretary concurred with the
Not required by act
The decision by Mint officials to exclude certain classes of
individuals was not required by the program’s authorizing act. Sec. 4,
Subsection 3 of the enabling act, Public Law 112-152, states, “As part
of the competition described in this subsection, the Secretary may
accept proposals from artists, engravers of the United States Mint,
and members of the general public.”
The winner of the design competition will receive compensation of
not less than $5,000, and the winner’s initials will appear in the
coin design. The initials of the member of the Mint’s engraving staff
assigned the task of sculpturing the winning design will also appear
on the coin, according to White. A United States Mint spokesman
earlier told Coin World (April 8 issue) that the designer’s initials
would not appear on the design.
Entries accepted April 11
U.S. Mint officials announced that the 30-day period during which
the Mint would accept proposed obverse designs, including
three-dimensional models, would begin April 11.
Designs for the common reverse have already been reviewed by the
CFA and CCAC.
CCAC rejected all of the designs submitted by the Mint, which were
executed by AIP artists and the Mint’s engraving staff. CCAC members
instead recommended a design that the advisory panel had Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II hastily sketch during their March
CFA members reviewed a formal execution of Everhart’s quick sketch
at the panel’s March 21 meeting.
It has not been announced yet whether the CCAC and CFA will review
all proposed obverse designs, or, depending on the number of
submissions received, review a smaller number whittled down by an
internal Mint review team.
The design competition is managed by April Stafford, head of the
Mint’s design and engraving division, with assistance from other