Finalist Designs Selected for Baseball Coin Design Competition

July 21, 2013 in Art, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

July 19, 2013 By Michael Zielinski (

In 2014, the United States Mint will issue commemorative coins to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The program was authorized under Public Law 112-152 and will include $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars with a shared design. All three coins will have a convex reverse design depicting a baseball and a concave obverse selected through a public competition.

The competition to design the obverse of the commemorative coins was open to submissions between April 11 and May 11, 2013. During this time, a total of 178 design submissions were received. An internal round of judging at the United States Mint narrowed the field to an initial 24 semi-finalists. The designs were evaluated based on artistic merit, coinability, technical accuracy, and appropriateness. Earlier this month, the Mint indicated that three of these had been removed for noncompliance and an additional five semi-finalists were added due to a discrepancy in judging, resulting in an updated field of 26 semi-finalists.

The semi-finalist designs were evaluated by five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton, and Dave Winfield. Based on the scores provided, the field of candidates was narrowed to the 16 finalist designs shown below.

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* Article contains images of all selected designs. What is your favorite?

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