The World Baseball Classic, an event organized with the support of
Major League Baseball, debuted in 2006 as a reaction to the
International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop baseball from the
Olympics following the 2008 Summer Games.
The second tournament was held in 2009, and the event is now
scheduled to occur every four years. The Baseball World Cup has been
abandoned, leaving the Classic as the premier international baseball competition.
To commemorate the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the Royal Canadian
Mint celebrated the event with seven collector coins in an officially
The RCM offered four Proof .9999 fine silver $20 coins and three
Proof .9999 fine gold coins, two denominated $75 and one $150.
The silver $20 coins celebrate what the RCM calls the four positions
in the sport: pitcher, fielder, runner and batter (there are actually
nine field positions with varying names). The four coins highlight
types of action that occur in the game.
A baseball soars in full flight on the Hardball $75 coin, while two
interlocked bats flank the field on the Ball Diamond $75 coin. A
joyous baserunner, viewed from behind, exults in victory, hands
extended into the air as he runs to join his teammates (who are not
shown) on the $150 coin.
The main themes are layered over an abstract circling form that
represents the event’s speed, skill and international inclusiveness,
according to the RCM.
With the top baseball talent located in countries ranging from the
Netherlands to Japan to Cuba to Italy, baseball’s importance around
the globe suggests that the sport figures to be a subject of world
coins for years to come.