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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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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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lynn.salter March 16 2014 at 6:11 PM

Hey, at least coins are never worth less than the metals they are created in.. what's the REAL value of that paper $20 in your wallet? .. Oh that?.. nothing but "faith". Our script hasn't been backed by precious metal since something like 1972.

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shasta.au lynn.salter March 16 2014 at 6:19 PM

I believe you are right about our US money was no longer backed by gold sometime around 1972. But our government began the process of not backing our money with precious metals before then.

From 1964 and before US dimes, quarters & half-dollars were 90% silver. From 1965 and after dimes & quarters had no silver in them. From 1965 - 1969 half- dollars were silver clad and are considered to have about 40% of silver in the metals they were made from. From 1970 and after half-dollars were no longer made from silver.

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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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bonurse March 16 2014 at 6:22 PM

This is a wonderful tribute to America's best game. I am so glad somethig like this was done.
I would like the information where to purchase one of these when the are releases March 27th.
Thank you for the thought of the coins. Mary

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rothhammer1 bonurse March 16 2014 at 11:58 PM


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Nick March 16 2014 at 6:36 PM

George Carlin said that America's national pastime isn't baseball, it's EATING...

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tony Nick March 16 2014 at 8:16 PM

But saint, no 1 cares what gerge says or has said, nor does any 1 care how it`s name be spelled, have a nice day.

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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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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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wllharrington March 16 2014 at 10:29 AM

he vending machine makers will go crazy.Some drunk will try to buy a soda with one.

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RSK1177 March 16 2014 at 10:33 AM

More government waste. Buy gold and silver. When the dollar is replaced, there will be mass financial failures in the U.S. The national debt is unstainable and our creditors know that.

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oldedude March 16 2014 at 10:34 AM

now lets see, if a $35 coin cost $5, i just might buy one, but not a $5 coin @ $35. need to spend my money wisely. maybe the NBHoF should be supported out of team owners profits and players salaries!

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