The United States Mint has announced that it will release a first ever “curved” coin in 2014, and it will honor the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall’s doors were open in 1939 with a red-letter first induction class of 1936 Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, and some guy named Babe Ruth as the first honorees. It was so competitive, Cy Young finished 8th. The inductees might as well be the Mount Rushmore of early 20th century baseball. The U.S. Mint made this announcement, which includes the ability to control the image to see all the features. CBS Sports Eye on Baseball captured the pure coolness in a GIF:
According to the U.S. Mint, the release will be limited:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152), signed into law on August 3, 2012, requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to:
- 50,000 $5 gold coins
- 400,000 $1 silver coins
- 750,000 half-dollar clad coins
These coins are being issued in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014.
I’m no numismatist, but I am getting drawn in to buy this. And of course with the three denominations, I want them all! There will be a mark up $4.50 to $30 each, with the proceeds going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a non-profit worth keeping around for another 75 years.
– David Whitlock
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