Public Invited to
Participate in Design Competition
Two 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
Gillibrand (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.
To 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
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.