2014 marked the 75th anniversary of the opening of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The US Mint would release Commemoratives for the anniversary. However, this commemorative would be done differently from its predecessors. To give it the look of a baseball, they designed the coins with a curved surface. The concave glove on the obverse and the convex baseball on the reverse looked more authentic as a result. They would mint the coins under three denominations: 750,000 half dollars, 400,000 dollars and 50,000 five dollars.
The Half Dollar would be clad and be released as uncirculated from Denver and proof from San Francisco. The Dollar would be silver and both uncirculated and proof coins were minted in Philadelphia. The Five Dollar Coin would be gold and both uncirculated and proof coins were minted at West Point.
The curved designed got many interested as the silver dollars and gold five dollars sold out quickly. As coin collectors were interested in these coins, baseball collectors would be interested in them as well. This was the first commemorative to sell out since 2005. It definitely did better than the Civil Rights Act silver dollar which was also released in 2014.
Found this video on making the Baseball Hall of Fame Coin done the day of the release. This will give you a better idea of how the coins look and shows a couple of designs that didn’t make it.
The certified grading services, PCGS and NGC, included signatures on the slabbed coin labels from some Hall of Famers including Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr. and Nolan Ryan. With the facsimile signatures, the value of the coins go up some more.
I have the uncirculated and proof half dollar coins. Even though they are both in NGC slabs, I can still see the curved surface. I can see why this was a popular Commemorative. I might try to get the uncirculated and proof silver dollar, but the gold five dollar may be out of my league at this point. Being a Boston Red Sox fan since I was a kid, a baseball commemorative makes a great inclusion to my collection.
Would you consider owning a piece of US coin history? The first curved US coin would be a great addition to anyone’s coin collection or include them with your Topps Baseball Cards.