U.S. Mint to release Baseball Hall of Fame coin with unique twist

  • David Whitlock

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:

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Credit: CBS Sports Eye on Baseball / U.S. Mint

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

H/T: CBS Sports, U.S. Mint, MLB.com, Reddit

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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