before the public design competition to select the common concave
obverse for the three-coin 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame
commemorative coin program was over, Steve Antonucci, the U.S. Mint’s
manager of Digital Process & Development, and his associated team
were busy strategizing and testing ways to accomplish the legislated goal.
For the various test and experimental strikes needed while testing
production processes, the Mint used a pool player design for the
obverse and an 8-ball reverse design. The dies used for such early
strikes, not intended to be used in regular production, are often
called “nonsense dies.”
Once artist Cassie McFarland’s baseball glove design was approved
for the common concave obverse, that approved design was incorporated
within the tooling development.