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April 4, 2013

Public sought to pitch coin design ideas for US Mint

Cooperstown Crier

---- — Soon the United States Mint will open a coin design competition that will culminate in the Secretary of the Treasury’s selection of the image for the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

According to a media release, the design “shall be emblematic of the game of baseball.”

The competition will be open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, ages 14 and older. The winner of the design competition will be awarded $5,000, and the winner’s initials will appear on the minted coins. A separate “Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge” for children ages 13 and younger is also being held. Winners will receive a silver coin and a certificate. The winning children’s designs will also be showcased on the Department of the Treasury, United States Mint and National Baseball Hall of Fame websites.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Act) (Public Law 112-152) calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins, and requires a competition to select a common obverse design emblematic of the game of baseball.

In addition, the $5 gold and $1 silver coins will be the first “curved” coins minted and issued by the United States Mint, with the reverses (tail sides) being convex to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverses being concave to provide a more dramatic design.

Things to consider if interested in entering the competition:

• 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” in diameter.

• Designs must not include the name or depiction of a real player or any other person, living or not.

• Designs must not include depictions, names, emblems, logos, trademarks or any other indicia associated with any specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, sports or other organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal, including any current or former baseball team, either professional or amateur. 

• Designs must not include any depiction of a real baseball stadium, field, arena, either in whole or in part, whether or not currently existing or in use.

• Employees of the Department of the Treasury, including the United States Mint and other Treasury offices and bureaus, are ineligible.

For both the design competition and the kids’ challenge, the United States Mint will be working with the U.S. government website, For guidelines, rules and entry instructions, visit,, and