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 United States Mint and Baseball Team Up to Create Commemorative Coin

By: Rosie Rios
4/4/2013

Public Invited to Participate in Design Competition


Baseball coin.jpgTwo American treasures — baseball and the United States Mint — are teaming up this spring to create a one-of-a-kind coin program.  On April 11, I will join Senator Kirsten Gilli​brand (D-NY), Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY), and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Brooks Robinson to launch a nationwide competition to design the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.  The competition was created by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152​) which calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins, and a contest to select a common obverse design emblematic of the game of baseball. The obverse of the coin will be concave — to provide a more dramatic display of its design  an historic first for the United States Mint.

We are inviting baseball fans, artists, coin collectors, and members of the public (ages 14 and older) to enter the Baseball Coin Design Competition.*  The competition winner will have his or her design minted on all three commemorative coins, receive $5,000 and have his or her initials engraved on the heads side of the coin.  Judges will include United States Mint sculptor-engravers and members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the final selection by the Secretary of the Treasury.

kids baseball.jpgTo include as many Americans as possible, the United States Mint will also be announcing a Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge for children 13 and younger. Winners will be chosen by the public in three age categories:  0-5, 6-10, and 11-13.  Each winner will receive a certificate and a $1 silver National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin.  Four runners-up in each age category will receive a half-dollar clad National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin. 

Challenge.gov will be hosting both the Kids’ Baseball Coin Challenge and the Baseball Coin Design Competition beginning April 11, but the best way to learn more about these coin design contests now is to visit www.usmint.gov.   

Help us spread the word to artists, coin collectors, and baseball fans about the Baseball Coin Design Competition and the Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge.   What better way to welcome spring than through baseball and American art in new commemorative coins that honor both?

Keep your eyes on USMint.gov and Challenge.gov for more information on Thursday, April 11. Batter up!

* Note that employees, contractors, and former Artistic Infusion Program contractors of the Department of the Treasury (including the United States Mint and other Treasury offices and bureaus) and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Baseball Coin Design Competition or the Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge. 


Rosie Rios is the Treasurer of the United States of America.

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