The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Dollar was one of the most popular of all modern U.S. commemoratives. Its shape is unique in American coins: concave on the glove side and convex on the ball side (both sides imitating the actual curvatures of the real objects).
PCGS offered a variety of inserts for this special coin: First Strike and special signed labels by a number of Baseball Hall of Famers.
The following information is from the U.S. Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/batterup/?action=Baseball
"The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152) called for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins and required a competition to select a common obverse (heads side) design emblematic of the game of baseball.
The competition was held from April 11-May 11, 2013. We received 178 designs. All embodied the spirit of our nation's pastime; unfortunately, only one winner could be chosen.
Three United States Mint sculptor-engravers and a Bureau of Engraving and Printing banknote designer reviewed all 178 designs and scored them based on 1) artistic merit and 2) how well they would translate into a coin format. Based on these scores, the semi-finalists were selected.
The semi-finalist designs were then shown to five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. These esteemed members of the baseball community completed their evaluations of the semi-finalist designs and submitted their scores to determine the finalists. These designs became available for public viewing on July 18 2013 and were presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for review and comment.
The Acting Director of the United States Mint made a final recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury after considering all relevant factors, including the comments and recommendations of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the CFA, and the CCAC. The Secretary of the Treasury made the final design selection in early September 2013.
The winning design in the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin competition was created by Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obispo, California. Her design was selected from sixteen finalists by the Department of the Treasury on September 9, 2013."
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