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. The winning design will be unveiled later this year.
A Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge for children ages 13 and under is also being held separately through May 23. Winners of the Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge will receive a $1 silver National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative 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 Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge is being hosted on Challenge.gov. For more information, visit www.usmint.gov/kids/kidsbatterup.
For both the design competition and the kids’ challenge, the United States Mint will be working with the U.S. Government website, www.challenge.gov. For guidelines, rules and entry instructions, visit www.baseballhall.org/coin-design and www.usmint.gov.
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792. It became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.