2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Coins on Sale
Collectors can declare a home run for numismatic history with today’s noon release of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Coins.
Never before has the United States Mint produced curved coins with these new releases featuring a concave obverse and a convex reverse. The silver coins are issued as part of the larger National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program and are available in both proof and uncirculated qualities.
The commemorative program also includes $5 gold coins, these silver coins and clad half-dollars. They each showcase a common obverse. A national design competition was created by the United States Mint to find the winning image.
"Baseball and the United States Mint – two American treasures – are teaming up to produce a historic one-of-a-kind coin program," said United States Treasurer Rosie Rios in announcing the Baseball Coin Design Competition. "Baseball is a touchstone in American history, and the United States Mint connects Americans to their history through coins. The Treasury Department is proud to be part of this commemorative coin program."
The winning design depicts a baseball glove and is the work of artist Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obispo, California. Obverse inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 2014.
A common reverse, as designed by Don Everhart, is also found on the commemorative coins which show the likeness of a baseball similar to those used in Major League Baseball. Reverse inscriptions read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR.
Don Everhart sculpted both baseball coin designs — his reverse and McFarland’s obverse.
Until 5 p.m. ET, on April 28, 2014, the commemorative coins are available at introductory prices. Those for the Philadelphia Mint-struck silver dollars are:
- $51.95 for the 2014-P Proof National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Coins and
- $47.95 for the 2014-P Uncirculated National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Coins
When the introductory pricing ends, the proof dollar will be $56.95 and the uncirculated dollar will be $52.95, marking $5 increases per coin.
Also, the intro price for the proof clad half-dollar will be $19.95 and the uncirculated clad half-dollar will be $19.95. Their prices will go up by $4.
Finally, the $5 gold coins intro prices open at $424.75 for the proof and $419.75 for the uncirculated. Regular prices are $5 more, like the silver coins. Additionally, prices of the gold coins could change up to weekly if the market value of gold changes significantly.
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins go on sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) today, March 27, 2014. When issued, they may be ordered directly from the United States Mint. Ordering options include the Mint’s website, through this page, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
As directed by law, the maximum mintage for the silver coins has been established at 400,000 across all product options. The same authorizing law dictates that surcharges of $10 will be collected on the sale of each coin with proceeds forwarded to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, an independent not-for-profit educational institution, with the funds used to aid in operations.
Likewise, the gold coins have a mintage limit of 50,000 and a surcharge $35 each and the clad half-dollars have mintage limit of 750,000 with a surcharge of $5 each. Surcharge amounts are already included in the prices above.
Second 2014 Commemorative Coin Program
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins are issued as part of the second commemorative coin series to appear from the United States Mint in 2014. In January, the 2014-P $1 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Coins debuted.
The Civil Rights coins are still available for purchase, also directly from the U.S. Mint.