Every coin that has ever been produced by the US Mint all have the same defining quality -- they've all been flat. However in 2014, that will change.
Major League Baseball announced this week that they will be teaming up with the US Mint to issue special commemorative gold, silver and nickel-plated copper coins that will be curved. These coins will honor the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014.
A special curved coin was previously issued featuring the legendary Roberto Clemente, however these pieces that are about to be commissioned will be the first of its shape to actually be minted at the US Mint. The Mint has also noted that they will be released in denominations of $5, $1, and $0.50 coins. Surcharges from each coin sold will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, an independant non-profit educational institution, to help fund its operations. Surcharges per coin are:
- $35 for each gold coin
- $10 for each silver coin
- $5 for each half-dollar coin
The design was chosen from 178 submissions made earlier this year, and will feature a baseball glove on the heads side of the coin, and a baseball on the tails side. When you look at the heads side, you will see a concave dip that is similar to an actual glove. The baseball side will bulge out like a real ball. The design exemplifies the most basic elements of our national pastime or a simple catch in the backyard or at the local sandlot.
The winning design was submitted by California native Cassie McFarland, and was selected from the sixteen finalists by the Department of Treasury on September 9. These commemorative coins will go on sale sometime in 2014. As a side note, it probably wouldn't be advised to put one of these coins in your local soda machine.