The United States Mint in San Francisco will soon produce special curved coins to honor the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The $5, $1 and half-dollar coins, plated with gold, silver and alloy, with a design representing the inverse images of a ball and mitt will be sold online starting on March 27, agency spokesman Michael White said. The bowl-shaped currency is the result of a 2012 law — the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act — ordering the U.S. Treasury to manufacture the coin to commemorate the Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. According to the text of the law, the coin’s striking shape is intended to be similar to the 2009 International Year of Astronomy coin issued by Monnaie de Paris, the French mint.
Some 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar alloy-clad coins will be produced. The image of a baseball glove with the words “liberty” and “in God we trust 2014” across the palm is featured on the face of the coins. A baseball is depicted on the tails side, with the words “United States of America” and the coin’s value inscribed on it. The tails side also includes the Latin words for “Out of many, one.”