Mint Review Results in Additional Semi-Finalists
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152) calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins and requires a competition to select a common obverse design emblematic of the game of baseball.
The United States Mint discovered a discrepancy in an internal round of judging for the Baseball Coin Design Competition. Prompt review by the Mint resulted in the addition of 5 semi-finalists, for a total of 26. No contestants were adversely affected by the review.
Designs were evaluated for artistic merit, coinability, technical accuracy, and appropriateness to become semi-finalists. The designs that reached the semi-finals are posted through USMint.gov at batterup.challenge.gov.
Five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame have completed their evaluation of the semi-finalist designs and submitted their scores to determine the finalists. These finalists will be available for public view through USMint.gov and batterup.challenge.gov on July 18. Beginning on this date, the finalists will be 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 will make a final recommendation after considering all relevant factors, including the comments and recommendations of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the CFA, and the CCAC. The Secretary of the Treasury will make the final design selection, which is scheduled to be announced in September. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins are scheduled to go on sale in early 2014.
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