Description

In 2014, the United States Mint launched a commemorative coin program to recognize and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The program was highly popular with collectors due to both its subject matter and the innovative domed shape of the coins.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is a history museum and hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York, operated by private interests. It serves as the central point of the history of baseball in the United States and displays baseball-related artefacts and exhibits, honoring those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport. The Hall's motto is "Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations".

The Hall of Fame was established in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark, an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Clark sought to bring tourists to a city hurt by the Great Depression, which reduced the local tourist trade, and Prohibition, which devastated the local hops industry. Clark constructed the Hall of Fame's building, and it was dedicated on June 12, 1939. The erroneous claim that Civil War hero Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown was instrumental in the early marketing of the Hall.

Obverse

Depicts a baseball glove carrying the inscriptions “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “2014”.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams, typically of nine players each, that take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat.

Design: Cassie MacFarland
Modelling: Don Everhart

LIBERTY
IN GOD WE TRUST
2014
CM DE

Reverse

Depicts a baseball similar to those used in the Major Leagues. The baseball design also highlights the unique concavity of the coin.

A baseball is a ball used in the sport of the same name. The ball consists of a rubber or cork center wrapped in yarn and covered with white natural horsehide or cowhide, or a synthetic composite leather. A regulation baseball is 9–9+1⁄4 inches (229–235 cm) in circumference (just slightly under 3 inches or 7.5 cm in diameter), with a weight of 5 to 5+1⁄4 oz. (142 to 149 g). A baseball is bound together by 108 hand-woven stitches through the cowhide leather.

Design: Don Everhart

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
DE
FIVE DOLLARS

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 8.359 g
Diameter 21.6 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
West Point Mint (W)

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