Baseball Coin Design Competition at U.S. Mint Posted by James Randolph on April 16, 2013
The United State’s Mint’s Baseball Coin Design Competition is currently underway, looking for a winning design for the obverse and reverse sides of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.
In addition to having your own design featured on an American coin, the winning artist will be awarded $5,000 and have their initials on the commemorative coin’s design. The current competition is the first time a public coin design competition has been put forward by the U.S. Mint since 1992.
The Mint will strike the baseball coins in denominations and medals of $5 gold and $1 silver in addition to a half-dollar clad coin. Each coin will contain the same obverse winning design.
In a new design template, the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins will feature a reverse convex shape to more closely resemble a baseball and concave obverse. This is the first time in the Mint’s history that it will issue a curved coin.
The design competition began on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in an official unveiling at an event in the Russell Senate Office Building.
Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, said at the launch of the Baseball Coin Design Competition that baseball and the United States Mint—two American treasures—are teaming up to produce a historic one-of-a-kind coin program. She added that baseball is a touchstone in American history and the United States Mint connects Americans to their history through coins.
Rios said the Treasury Department is proud to be part of this commemorative coin program.
Submissions from any U.S. citizen or permanent resident may be entered in the contest, aged 14 and older.
There is a separate Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge available for entries from those aged 13 and younger with the winning design showcased on the Department of the Treasury and National Baseball Hall of Fame web sites. The Kids’ Challenge Winner will receive a National Baseball Hall of Fame $1 Silver Commemorative Coin.
Sales of the commemorative coins include surcharges that will help fund the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.