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Celebrating 75 Years

 

America’s most cherished sports shrine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2014.  To commemorate the event, the Hall is releasing a unique, limited edition coin series. The collection will feature three privately minted coins each focusing on a different 25-year period in the Hall of Fame’s history, culminating with the release of the official U.S. Mint Hall of Fame commemorative coin in early 2014. The evolution and history of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is truly brought to life in this series, and is a must-have for both coin collectors and baseball enthusiasts alike.

 

Each of the series’ privately minted bronze coins measures 39mm in diameter and features special packaging that includes a timeline highlighting the great baseball moments of each 25-year period of the Hall’s history, along with rare photos and images of artifacts from its collections.  The package also includes an 11 x 17 inch artifact poster and a certificate of authenticity that allows buyers to register their coins with the Hall of Fame.  All components are to be produced in the United States, befitting for the celebration of America’s Pastime.

 

The Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to preserve baseball history, honor excellence within the game and make a connection between generations of fans.  A portion of the proceeds of each coin will go to support the Museum’s mission.

 

For more information on the Baseball Hall of Fame please visit www.baseballhall.org

 

 

 

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The Beginning 1939-1964

 

The initial coin in the commemorative series highlights the first 25 years of the Hall of Fame from 1939 to 1964.  The design on the obverse (front) side of the coin depicts 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 and mission depicted on the reverse side.

The package details the story of how the Hall of Fame was established in Cooperstown, and features stunning images of rare artifacts related to the great baseball moments of the era, including the first Induction Ceremony, Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color-barrier, Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World”, and much more!   There’s also an 11 x 17 inch fold-out poster featuring a collage of artifacts from the Museum’s opening on June 12, 1939.

 

 


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The Evolution 1964-1989

 

The next 25 years of the baseball’s history are featured in the second coin of the commemorative series, covering 1964 to 1989. It was a time of significant growth for both the Hall of Fame and the game of baseball, highlighted by expansion into new markets, the first-ever amateur draft, the advent of free agency and the introduction of the designated hitter.  The era also included some of the greatest moments in baseball history – the 1969 Miracle Mets World Series victory, Hank Aaron setting the career home run record, Roberto Clemente collecting his 3.000th hit in his final at-bat…and who could forget the post-season heroics of Carlton Fisk and Reggie Jackson.  During this time the Hall of Fame inducted a number of the game’s all-time greats, including Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson.

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The Hall Enters the 21st Century 1989-2014

 

The third coin in the series captures the last 25 years of baseball history, from 1989 to 2014. During that time the game witnessed significant change, from retro-inspired ballparks and sabermetrics, to the introduction of the wild card and the World Baseball Classic.  The era also saw its share of great moments, including Nolan Ryan’s 5,000th career strikeout, Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record, Joe Carter’s walk-off home run to clinch the 1992 World Series for the Blue Jays, and the Red Sox winning their first World Series since a guy name Ruth was part of their rotation.  The Hall of Fame saw tremendous change as well, completing the largest renovation in its history in 2005, while also inducting a host of heroes from the modern game – Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr. and Rickey Henderson.

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Commemorative Coin Program

 

Complete your Baseball Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary coin collection with the official commemorative coin series from the US Mint.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in late 2012, directs the US Mint to produce three coins commemorating the Hall’s 75th anniversary - $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins.  The coins will be truly unique in that they will be the first curved coins minted and issued by the US Mint.  This first-of-its-kind design will depict a baseball graphic on the reverse (convex) side of each coin, with the obverse (concave) side featuring a theme that is emblematic of the game of baseball.  The design for the obverse side will be determined through a national competition, with the final design selected by a special committee of Hall of Famers – Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton and Dave Winfield.  Look for the announcement of the winning design in the summer of 2013, with the official release date of the coins slated for early 2014.

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Rarely seen artifacts are highlighted in this coin series, combined with storytelling that only the Hall of Fame can provide. Each coin package will contain a certificate of authenticity signed by current Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson. Customers have the option to register their product with the Hall of Fame.

Each commemorative package includes a 12- by 18-inch foldout poster. The package, poster and coin have been developed and produced entirely in the United States, paying homage to America’s favorite pastime.

 

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