Baseball-related paper money and related items pay tribute to the
game with their designs
Fact-based and fictional stories and poems galore have been written
about the game of baseball and its players.
Even the hobby of paper money can lay claim to a place in the
baseball universe. Notes issued by governments, advertising notes
using a baseball-theme, and stock certificates issued by professional
baseball organizations would make a great specialized collection.
Taiwan’s national sport
One seemingly “must have” note is from baseball-crazy Taiwan. The
island nation, off the coast of the People’s Republic of China, is the
only nation that has issued paper money depicting its favorite sport.
The baseball-themed design was introduced in 1999 on the Taiwan
500-yuan notes. The face design shows the members of a Taiwanese
Little League Baseball team celebrating a win. Teams from Taiwan have
won many Little League World Series baseball tournaments in
Williamsport, Pa., through the years.
Also on the face side, just to the left of the main vignette is the
outline of a fielder holding out his glove to catch a hit. To the
right of the Little League vignette is an image of a Taiwan baseball
player, possibly representing the nation’s professional baseball
league. The back design features a group of Sika deer.
Baseball was introduced to the island nation in the late 1800s. The
first Taiwanese-born player in Major League Baseball in the United
States was Chin-Feng Chen, who played with the Los Angeles Dodgers in
2002 to 2005. In 2006 he moved back to Taiwan and now plays in the
Chinese Professional Baseball League.