Coin collecting is still going strong as a hobby and now there is a brand new coin for enthusiasts to add to their collections. The United States mint is issuing a curved coin as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative coins. The coin’s curved side is decorated with seams to imitate a baseball, how clever!
This curved design has been used before by France in their year of commemorative International Year of Astronomy Coins (2009) as well as by the Royal Australian Mint for their Southern Cross curved coins. The United States Commemorative Coins were dictated by a law in 2012 that required them to be minted.
The coins will be minted in limited quantities and there are three different types. First they will mint 50,000 $5.00 gold coins, followed by 400,00 $1.00 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar coins made of copper and nickel. The surcharges of each of these coins are $35.00, $10.00, and $5.00, respectively. The surcharges are in addition to the actual price, which will depend on metal costs at the time of sale. These curved creations will make their debut on March 27, 2014.
On the concave side of the coin is a baseball mitt, imitating that of a mitt ready for a catch. The convex side, as stated above, is seamed like a baseball. These commemorative coins are being produced to recognize the 75th birthday of the Baseball Hall of Fame.