We are excited to release the twentieth coin in the CollecTons Keepers program, an exclusive series only offered by CollecTons. The twentieth coin we present, CollecTons Keepers #20 in Series, features the 2014-P National Baseball Hall of Fame Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Silver Dollar.
Why is the 2014-P National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Brilliant Uncirculated Silver Dollar a Coin Worth Keeping?
Known as "America's Pastime," baseball was the most popular sport in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The National Baseball Hall of Fame was opened in 1939 by a hotel owner looking for a way to bring tourist into the city of Cooperstown, NY. The first inductees were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Today there are over 300 inductees, 38,000 artifacts, 2.6 million newspaper clippings and photos and 130,000 baseball cards. The Hall greets over 300,000 visitors a year.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act specified that a commemorative coin be designed and struck by the United States Mint to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Hall of Fame. The coins were to have a concave obverse (heads) and a convex reverse (tails), making this the first curved coin to be minted by the United States Mint. The amount of research and development that went into creating this coin was unprecedented in the recent history of the mint. Things needing consideration included the limitations on the height of the relief, the turning and grinding operations, how resilient the coins would be to wear, and laser frosting. The mint was able to get valuable technical insight from the Royal Australian and Perth Mints, which have a history of making curved coins.
The obverse of the coin features a frosted baseball glove designed by Cassie McFarlend. The concave obverse lends itself to the glove design. The reverse was designed by Don Everhart and features a baseball, similar to the one used in Major League Baseball ®. The curved shape of the coin compliments the baseball design.
Designer: Cassie McFarlend and Don Everhart
Composition: .900 Silver, .100 Copper
Weight: 26.73 grams
What makes the CollecTons Keepers program special? Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping.
Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACs certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper. Collect one or collect the entire series!