The U.S. Mint has begun taking design entries for the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was on hand, as were Reps. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, for the launch announcement this week at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. They were joined by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
The competition is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents ages 14 and older. Entries will be accepted until noon May 11, or until the mint receives 10,000 submissions. The winner will receive $5,000, and the winner’s initials will appear on the minted coins.
A Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge for children ages 13 and younger is also being held separately beginning today through May 23.
Three coins will be minted: $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad. The winning design will be the one judged to be most emblematic of baseball.
The $5 gold and $1 silver coins will be the first “curved” coins struck by the U.S. Mint, with the reverse (tail) side being convex to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverses being concave to provide a more dramatic design. The winning obverse design will be unveiled by mid-September.
For guidelines, rules and entry instructions, go to www.usmint.gov.
Among the rules are:
• The obverse design must be “emblematic of the game of baseball” and must include the inscriptions “Liberty,” “In God We Trust” and “2014.”
• Two-dimensional designs must be monochrome, not color, and three-dimensional models must be made using neutral plaster or a durable plastic material and should be approximately 8 inches in diameter.
• The designs can’t contain depictions or names of real players or persons — or real teams — so no pinstripes.
• No real stadiums, either.
RICHARD WHITBY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 432-1000, ext. 221.