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Curved coins celebrate America's favorite pastime

Curved Coins Celebrate America's Favorite Pastime

The U.S. Mint is throwing our wallets a curve ball. "Fox & Friends" has more about a new coin.

'The U.S. Mint in San Francisco will soon produce a curved coin, ya know like the pitch, to commemorate the Baseball Hall of Fame which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.'

The mint held a contest in 2013 for artists to submit designs celebrating the classic American pastime.

Cassie McFarland's curved baseball glove design scored a home run with the Treasury. She told the San Francisco Examiner,

'I hate to say this, but I almost feel like it was my destiny. The idea of the glove ... it just clicked.'

McFarland's design features a baseball on one side and a glove inscribed with "Liberty, In God We Trust" on the other.

Believe it or not, this commemorative coin is actually part of a 2012 U.S. law. It says:

The mint will create 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar coins to recognize and celebrate the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th anniversary.

Pretty cool, right? But these coins will cost you!

Each $5 coin costs $35, each $1 coin costs $10 and each half-dollar costs $5. The U.S. mint notes those surcharges will help fund the nonprofit National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The curved coins will be produced at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. The gold and silver collector's coins will go on sale March 27.

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orvilcracker March 16 2014 at 10:50 AM

I woulld think that with the very high salaries that baseball players receive, they should be able to finance thier own hall of fame. As to "America's Favorite Passtime", guess they never went to watch a professional football game or the NBA. I like baseball, but it doesn't compare.

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canuctherealme March 16 2014 at 9:13 AM

the gold coins will contain a 1/4 ounce of gold and sell for around 500 the silver one ounce for around 60. for accurate news on these coins go to coinnews.net

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sublimegreenchallenger March 16 2014 at 2:58 PM

The $5 gold coin will really cost $35? At over 8 grams that's a steal... literally (rolls eyes) You really ought to fact check given that the US Mint's site doesn't even list a price yet. The sale prices on the other two coins are also equally absurd. Might just want to delete that part...

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cdnewleaf March 16 2014 at 8:47 AM

Have Your Say...90% silver and 90% gold and a clad version

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ashatus March 16 2014 at 8:40 AM

Will the gold coin be gold, or simply gold clad?
Will the silver coin be silver, or simply silver clad?

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JREstremera March 16 2014 at 4:00 PM

I like it, how and when they are going on sale?

I would like to buy one.

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lscchalfdimeman JREstremera March 16 2014 at 4:10 PM

march 27th usmint.gov

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mrjackpot JREstremera March 16 2014 at 4:40 PM

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins are scheduled to go on sale at noon on March 27, 2014. Go to this website for more info: https://www.usmint.gov/batterup/?action=curvedcoin

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dmcewen01 mrjackpot March 16 2014 at 5:22 PM

Thank you for taking the time to write your useful comments and information.

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dls311 March 16 2014 at 4:02 PM

I personally won't buy any because I am not a sports fan. But I am sure many baseball fans will buy them.

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Steve March 16 2014 at 4:34 PM

Here is the link to the Official US mint web site;

As you notice it's a .gov web site. Please, if you want to buy coins, buy them from the mint. You will get them at cost, not the inflated prices at which venders will sell them. There are many coins on there for collectors. Many that you can give to your youngsters to teach them history. For instance there are president, first lady, bill of rights, national parks, civil rights act, and a variety of other coins produced to get the little ones interested in historical events

In addition, sometimes these coins go up in value. Other times, they fall in value, but the teaching aspect of coin collecting can add richness and knowledge to ones life.

And another little tidbit, one can purchase "uncirculated" or "proof." Proof coins are more pleasing to the eye and have a polished look to them, and are thus more expensive. I prefer proof coins as I enjoy their appearance more. The uncirculated coins look just like a coin that came out of a new roll from the mint.

Again, that's usmint.gov

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CHARLIE Steve March 16 2014 at 4:43 PM

Thanks for the info Steve. I appreciate your time.

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dmcewen01 Steve March 16 2014 at 5:17 PM

Thank you for writing!

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mrjackpot March 16 2014 at 4:37 PM

Several posters here are complaining that this is just another example of "a waste of taxpayer money." It appears they may be misreading the article. When it says, for example, "Each $5 coin costs $35 each... " --That is NOT the cost of minting the coin. It is the surcharge that collectors and others will pay to purchase the coin. In fact, the law that established the issuance of these coins, the "National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act" (Public Law 112-152, 112th Congress) specifically decrees that, "(1) minting and issuing coins under this Act will not result in any net cost to the United States Government; and (2) no funds, including applicable surcharges, are disbursed to any recipient designated in section 7 until the total cost of designing and issuing all of the coins authorized by this Act...is recovered by the United States Treasury... ." Hope this clarifies the situation. [Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-112publ152/pdf/PLAW-112publ152.pdf]

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dawsont3 dpickarts March 16 2014 at 5:46 PM


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Roger Mitchell dpickarts March 16 2014 at 5:48 PM

bill gates will

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