Baseball Hall of Fame Medals Ready|
June 03, 2013
The National Baseball Hall of Fame has authorized issuance of three medals to help raise money for the nonprofit educational institution.
These medals are to be issued in June by partner firm MPI and will be sold to collectors before the U.S. Mint will begin selling the 2014 gold $5, silver dollar and clad half dollar for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with surcharge income generated on each coin sale going to the Hall of Fame.
The new medals are tied to the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which will be observed June 12, 2014.
The Hall of Fame selected MPI to help commemorate the anniversary with “a unique, limited edition coin series.”
The collection will feature three medals with each focusing on a different 25-year period in the Hall of Fame’s history. The series will culminate with the release of the official U.S. Mint Hall of Fame commemorative coins in early 2014. MPI is also offering a display case for the three medals, with a special vessel for the U.S. minted pieces.
Each of the privately minted bronze pieces measure 39 millimeters in diameter and will feature special packaging that includes a timeline highlighting the great baseball moments of each era, along with rare photos and artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s collection.
The package will also include a 12x18-inch poster and certificate of authenticity that allows buyers the option to register their coins with the Hall of Fame. All components are to be produced in the United States, befitting the celebration of America’s Pastime, MPI says.
The initial coin in the series is set for a June 2013 release and will highlight the first 25 years of the Hall of Fame from 1939 to 1964. The design on the obverse side of the medal features an image of the Baseball Hall of Fame building as it stood when it first opened its doors in 1939, with the Hall of Fame logo depicted on the reverse side.
The package details the story of how the Hall of Fame was established in Cooperstown, N.Y., as well as interesting facts and artifact images from the first Induction Ceremony, Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color-barrier, Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World” and much more.
Cost was not available as this issue of Numismatic News went to press, but a website with details was slated to go live June 4. Visit www.halloffamecoin.com for more information about the coin series and to place pre-orders to ensure an opportunity to own this. Wholesalers will be able to purchase quantities.
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