The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152) called for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins and required a competition to select a common obverse (heads side) design emblematic of the game of baseball.
The competition was held from April 11-May 11, 2013. We received 178 designs. All embodied the spirit of our nation's pastime; unfortunately, only one winner could be chosen.
The United States Mint thanks all those who participated in the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin competition as well as to all the kids that participated in our kids' challenge. National Baseball Hall of Fame coins are scheduled to go on sale in early 2014. You can view the designs of all of the finalists on Challenge.gov.
Three United States Mint sculptor-engravers and a Bureau of Engraving and Printing banknote designer reviewed all 178 designs and scored them based on 1) artistic merit and 2) how well they would translate into a coin format. Based on these scores, the semi-finalists were selected.
The semi-finalist designs were then shown to five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. These esteemed members of the baseball community completed their evaluations of the semi-finalist designs and submitted their scores to determine the finalists. These designs became available for public viewing on July 18 2013 and were presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for review and comment.
The Acting Director of the United States Mint made a final recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury after considering all relevant factors, including the comments and recommendations of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the CFA, and the CCAC. The Secretary of the Treasury made the final design selection in early September 2013.
At a young age, Cassie McFarland understood the importance of communicating through art. Thanks to the support and encouragement of her family, she pursued her passion for art, earning a degree in Fine Arts, Studio Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Not yet out of her twenties, Cassie has created a legacy with her winning design of the common obverse (heads side) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin
Cassie entered the national design competition because she was intrigued with the idea that America's coins tap into the history and personality of the nation. Creating a design that celebrates America's pastime also appealed to her because she played softball as a child and attended Major League Baseball games with her father–cheering for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (She is now a San Francisco Giants fan.)
Upon deciding to pursue the design competition, Cassie quickly determined that depicting a baseball glove would complement the design legislated for the common reverse (tails side) and the concave shape of the coin also lent itself perfectly to the depiction of a glove. The baseball glove used to guide Cassie's design was inspired by a well-loved and well-used glove that always seemed to be within arm's reach in her childhood home. Friends and family would use it for impromptu games or to play catch. Like the glove that was always nearby, Cassie feels that baseball and coins are a natural part of our lives. She wanted to depict a common object remembered with great fondness that could strike an emotional chord in fellow Americans, no matter their age.
Cassie resides in San Luis Obispo, where she practices figurative painting and photography. She recently established a collective of professionals working to promote visual and performing arts within her community. Winning this contest is her first recognition on the national level and one that Cassie hopes will sustain her trajectory as an artist who contributes to public service through her passion and skill.