Collectors will have their first opportunity to place orders with the U.S. Mint for the Proof and Uncirculated 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and copper-nickel clad half dollars at noon Eastern Time March 27.
Sales begin just four days before the traditional opening day for Major League Baseball.
The coins bear a common baseball glove obverse and baseball reverse. They are the first U.S. coins to have a concave obverse and convex reverse. The half dollar is the first curved coin struck on a clad planchet at any mint.
The United States Mint is producing the coins on standard .900 fine gold, .900 fine silver and copper-nickel clad planchets; the Mint is not using pre-formed blanks.
A Coin World staff member witnessed production Feb. 25 at the Philadelphia Mint of the Proof 2014-P National Baseball Hall of Fame silver dollars.
The Philadelphia Mint is also already producing the Uncirculated 2014-P National Baseball Hall of Fame silver dollars.
Production has also begun at the San Francisco Mint and the Denver Mint, respectively, for the Proof 2014-S National Baseball Hall of Fame half dollar and the 2014-D National Baseball Hall of Fame half dollar.
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, said Feb. 27 that production had not yet begun at the West Point Mint for the Proof and Uncirculated 2014-W National Baseball Hall of Fame gold half eagles.
Jurkowsky said production of the gold coins will begin as soon as approval is given for the plastic coin capsules that will be used in commemorative coin packaging.
Review of the capsules for approval was scheduled to take place Feb. 28, Jurkowsky said.
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