The approved design for the common concave obverse for the 2014
National Baseball Hall of Fame gold $5 coin, silver dollar and
copper-nickel clad half dollar is expected sometime in September.
The common convex reverse design, however, with which it will be
paired, has been approved by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin
on behalf of Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew for the three
commemorative coins. The design was unveiled July 26 in Cooperstown,
N.Y. The unveiling, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,
was on the opening day of the three-day National Baseball Hall of Fame
The common design, created and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II, depicts a stitched baseball
similar to that used by Major League Baseball. The design is the same
for all three coins, except for the representation of the denomination
The coins’ reverses will be convex to more resemble the curvature
of a baseball.
Whatever design is selected from among the 16 finalist obverse
designs will be emblematic of the game of baseball. The obverse design
is to be struck concave for each of the three commemorative coins.
The 16 finalist obverse designs were also announced July 26 by
U.S. Mint officials.
One finalist, an obverse design by artist Cassie McFarland
featuring a baseball glove, has been endorsed by both the Commission
of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Lew or his designee can concur with the CFA and CCAC
recommendations or opt for one of the other finalist obverse designs.
The creator of the winning obverse design will receive
compensation of not less than $5,000, according to the authorizing
legislation, and will have designer’s initials appear on each of the
three coins along with the member of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff
designated to sculpture the design.
U.S. Mint officials say Everhart sculptured the model for his own
design, with the text for the denomination and other inscriptions
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public
Law 112-152) authorizes the United States Mint to strike and issue up
to 50,000 gold $5 coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 half
dollars combined in Proof and Uncirculated versions in recognition of
the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th
anniversary in 2014.
Surcharges collected from coin sales — $35 for each gold coin, $10
for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half dollar — are authorized
to be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help finance its
operations once the U.S. Mint recoups its production costs.
The United States Mint will release the coins in early 2014. ■