The following post is pulled from Coin World editor Steve
Roach’s Market Analysis column in the Aug. 25 issue.
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program has been
hugely popular with collectors.
The coins were launched
on March 27, 2014, at the Baltimore Whitman Expo. Both Numismatic Guaranty
Corp. and Professional Coin Grading Service got clever
with special labels used to identify coins sold at the Baltimore show
on the first day. NGC used the familiar baseball phrasing “Opening
Day” while PCGS used the phrase “Baltimore First Pitch.”
Coins released during the first 30 days of a program’s start are
eligible for “First Strike” (PCGS) and “Early Release” (NGC)
After the frenzy of the first few months, prices
for these have settled down. Here’s a look at the half dollar in the
The coin: 2014-S Baseball half
dollar, PCGS Proof 69 Deep Cameo
The story: Proof and Uncirculated 2014
Baseball copper-nickel clad half dollars are the only coins from the
program still available from the U.S. Mint, priced at $23.95 and
$22.95, respectively. With a large authorized mintage of 750,000,
examples should be available from the Mint for some time. The Mint’s
Young Collectors set includes a half dollar in a colorful holder and
is available at $24.95.
Contrasting with the $5 issue,
the half dollars are generally graded Proof 69 Deep Cameo rather than
Proof 70 Deep Cameo, placing added pressure on “perfect”
At a July 13, 2014, GreatCollections.com auction, a 2014-S Baseball
half dollar in Proof 69 Deep Cameo brought $37. On July 27 a PCGS
Proof 70 Deep Cameo half dollar sold for $115.08 in an eBay auction.
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