Five legendary baseball players have begun reviewing the
semi-finalist designs for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame
The five judges are all members of the Major League Baseball’s
Hall of Fame. They began deliberating June 5 on 24 designs that are in
competition for use on the concave common obverse of the 2014 gold $5
half eagle, silver dollar and copper-nickel half dollar coins that
will honor the Hall of Fame.
The semifinalist designs were posted online June 5 at batterup.challenge.gov/submissions.
Twenty-two of the 24 designs were submitted with a thematic title,
with one entry referencing just the United States Mint’s Baseball Coin
Design Competition and another entry also including the name of the
designer in addition to referencing the design contest.
All of the designs are posted with narratives from the individual
designers explaining their reasoning for their individual designs. All
of the designs include their date of submission.
The five Baseball Hall of Fame judges — Dave Winfield, Ozzie
Smith, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Joe Morgan, all former
professional baseball players — began their review of the 24 designs
June 5, according to Brad Horn, senior director of communications and
education for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in
Each of the five judges is conducting a separate review,
independent of the others, and ranking the 24 designs in numerical
order, according to Horn.
From those 24 designs will come the finalist designs, the number
of which is yet to be determined, Horn said June 5.
Early design review process
The 24 semifinalist designs were pared down from 178 designs
submitted between noon Eastern Daylight Time April 11 through 5 p.m.
EDT May 11. The paring down was completed by a U.S. Mint
Three United States Mint engravers and one Bureau of Engraving and
Printing bank note designer first completed an artistic review of the
submitted designs for the program.
The designs were further evaluated for appropriateness of the
subject matter and coinability by both the National Baseball Hall of
Fame and by several members of the Mint’s manufacturing and engraving
staff, according to United States Mint spokesman Michael White.
Selecting the final design
The finalist designs will be evaluated by both the Commission of
Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in July for their
recommendations. The final adopted design will be selected by the
Treasury secretary in consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Treasury secretary’s final selection is to be announced
sometime in September along with the selection of the final design for
the common reverse.
The winning designer of the Baseball Coin Design Competition is to
receive compensation of no less than $5,000, according to provisions
of the enabling legislation, Public Law Public Law 112-152, and will
have his or her initials appear on the three commemorative coins along
with those of the member of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff assigned
to sculpture the design.
The winning obverse design — which will appear concave on the
three commemorative coin compositions and denominations — will be
paired with the common reverse design.
The reverse design, according to provisions of Public Law Public
Law 112-152, is to resemble the style of baseball used by Major League Baseball.
The CFA and CCAC have already reviewed and recommended proposed
designs rendered by members of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff and
outside artists in the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program.
Originally, just the half eagle and silver dollar were to be
struck with a concave obverse and convex reverse, according to law
provisions, but U.S. Mint officials subsequently decided to include
the half dollar as well. ■