The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Has Arrived
Sports fans are excited because the 2014 baseball season has finally arrived. Coin collectors are excited, too, because the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin has also arrived. The unique design on the obverse side of the coin not only looks like a baseball glove, but it’s concave like an actual baseball glove. The design was part of a competition to commemorate the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary. This coin marks the first time in history that the mint has issued a curved coin.
The obverse was designed by Cassie McFarland, who won the US Mint’s Baseball Coin Design Contest from a field of 178 contest entries. Both the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended McFarland’s design to be the winner. So when the Department of the Treasury made the announcement last year that McFarland’s design had been chosen, it wasn’t much of a surprise.
McFarland explains that she was drawn to the competition because she was “fascinated by the notion that America’s coins could reflect the personality and history of its people.” She was also eager to participate in the design competition because of her love of baseball. Growing up in San Luis Obispo, McFarland played softball and attended LA Dodgers games with her dad.
The US Mint’s Baseball Coin Design Contest called for the concave, three-dimensional design.As a result of this design requirement, McFarland knew she had to draw her family’s beloved baseball glove. She described the glove as being “well-loved, and well-used.” The idea to draw the inside of a vintage baseball glove on the obverse side of the concave coin was brilliant. The ball and the glove provide a perfect nostalgic aesthetic.
The reverse side of the coin was designed to resemble a major league game ball. The reverse is sculpted in a convex form because of the coin’s shape. Don Everhart, the United States Mint sculptor-engraver, is responsible for both the design on the reverse side of the coin and for the actual sculpting of the coin itself. He’s the one who transformed McFarland’s linear design into the final 3-D product.
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