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U.S. Mint issuing first-ever “curved” coin to commemorate the Baseball Hall of Fame

Dec 14, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT


We heard back in April that the U.S. Mint was asking for submissions for the design of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. Well, a winning design has been selected and the result is something pretty cool.

In early 2014, we will see the first-ever “curved” coin issued by the U.S. Mint. The winning design, submitted by Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obipso, California, depicts a baseball glove on the obverse (heads) side. Meanwhile, the reverse (tails) side depicts a baseball. Thus, the curve not only simulates the pocket of a glove, but the look and feel of a baseball. It’s really quite nifty. Be sure to check out the interactive graphic on the U.S. Mint website.

You’ll be able to buy these bad boys in five, one, or half-dollar form while surcharges for each coin will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you’re into that. They’re not intended for practical use, but a neat keepsake nonetheless.

(Hat-tips to Dan Wohl of Cut 4 and Reddit Baseball for the link)

  1. Tarkus - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Those are sweet!

    • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Nope, that’s not foil and there’s no chocolate inside.

      Hey, wait a minute….

  2. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Can’t wait till the first tollbooth gags on one.

    • spudchukar - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Beat me too it. Cannot wait for a thirsty inebriate trying to force one into a Coke machine.

      • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Then…he’ll have to answer to the Coca-Cola company!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Gator, for trying to replace his precious bodily fluids?

      • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        Hell, I bet you he’s been fluoridating himself too.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Gator, have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water?

      • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:44 AM

        Nope, it’s landfill-stuffing, Earth-polluting plastic bottles for me.

  3. contraryguy - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    A very cool idea, I like the look of these… looking at the Mint page, the gold coin will be 1/4 ounce, so with the usual (ugly) US Mint markups, will probably be north of $400 each. The silver one-ouncer, probably $40-50? No idea on the half-dollar one, but would be nice to get at least one or two of those.

  4. raysfan1 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Aw, I thought the picture was one side of the coin. The honesty would have been awesome.

    • spudchukar - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Well Done.

  5. jkcalhoun - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Too bad this couldn’t have happened while the National Baseball Hall of Fame really was still “dedicated to preserving history, honoring excellence, and connecting generations through the rich history of our national pastime.”

  6. ramblingalb - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Craig will be offended by this, because he’s offended by everything. That said, looks pretty darn cool to me.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Love the coins, but for one detail. Back when baseball was first being played, our coins did not bear the motto: In God We Trust. It didn’t show up on our $1 bills until after WWII, when we had to show the Commies we weren’t like them. Ironically, the USSR died and the Orthodox church is now helping Czar Vladimir run Russia off into a ditch, while fewer and fewer of us still cling to the belief stated on our coins.

  8. gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    How do you stack them?

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