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Shutdown Cancels Ceremonies
By Numismatic News
October 11, 2013

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Though the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing continued to operate during the federal government shutdown, ceremonies planned by both were canceled.

The public unveiling of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin designs, originally scheduled for Oct. 8, has been postponed indefinitely because of the shutdown, according to Michael White of the Mint’s Office of Public Affairs.

Also delayed was announcement of the winners of the kids baseball coin design challenge, with five winners in each of the three age groups.

The ceremonial introduction of the new $100 Federal Reserve Note on Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C., was also canceled, though this did not prevent the scheduled release of the much delayed note by the Federal Reserve System.

No surprises were expected during the baseball ceremony as a baseball glove was expected to be on the common obverse side of 2014 gold $5, silver dollar and clad half dollar.

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On the common reverse will be a design that looks like a baseball.

The planchets of these new commemoratives will also not be flat.

The reverse will be convex, or bulging outward, giving the baseball design depicted on it a more realistic 3-D appearance. It will carry the legends “United States of America” and “E Puribus Unum” as well as the denomination.

The common obverse of the three commemoratives will be concave, meaning that it will have a cup-like, recessed appearance, which will give depth to the baseball glove design.

The common reverse design was previously unveiled July 26 at the beginning of Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Mintages of the 2014 coins will be limited to no more than 50,000 $5 gold pieces, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half dollars.

Surcharge profits from each of the commemorative coins will go to the Baseball Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014.



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