U.S. Mint’s first curved coin to honor Baseball Hall of Fame

Coins come in all shapes and sizes, however here is a geometrically challenged coin that is a must-have for both coin collectors and baseball enthusiasts alike. The United States Mint will soon offer its first ever curved coin in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The unusual bowl-shaped ingot comes with no design errors but represent the inverse images of a ball and mitt.

Featuring a baseball on one side and a baseball glove on the other, the currency will come in $5, $1 and half dollar denominations. The tail side of the coin will feature the baseball similar to those used in Major League Baseball, with the words “United States of America” and the coin’s value inscribed on it.

The heads side of the coin will depict a glove, with the words “liberty” and “in God we trust 2014” to exemplify the most basic elements of the national pastime and highlight the unique concavity of the coin. While these will be the first curved coins ever minted by the United States Mint, it did produce the curved 1973 Roberto Walker Clemente Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the late Pittsburgh Pirates star right fielder.

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The coin is the result of the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act. The elliptic coin’s design is meant to be reminiscent of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy Coins minted and produced by the French Mint. The coins will also be closely modeled after the Royal Australian Mint’s Southern Cross curved coins. Artist Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obispo, Calif., designed the coin as part of a contest.

There will be up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar coins produced. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins are scheduled to go on sale on March 27, 2014.

[Via – US-Mint]