Today, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began sales of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set. This special product contains information geared towards younger collectors and includes an uncirculated example of the clad half dollar from the commemorative coin program.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins originally went on sale March 27, 2014. The program included $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars featuring a distinctive curved shape which served to accentuate the design common to all three coins. The concave obverse design features a baseball glove while the convex reverse depicts a baseball similar to those used by Major League Baseball. The obverse was designed by Cassie McFarland who won a design competition, and the reverse was designed by Don Everhart, who also engraved both the obverse and reverse.
A sell out had occurred for the $5 gold coins at the 50,000 maximum mintage within 24 hours. This was followed by a sell out for the silver dollars at the 400,000 maximum mintage after 13 days. The clad half dollars have remained available for sale, carrying a maximum mintage of 750,000 pieces. As of the most recent sales report, individual sales have reached 199,555 proof and 127,954 uncirculated coins for a combined total of 327,509 units. Weekly sales did see a recent spike about two weeks ago, following the removal of a long imposed ordering limit of 100 coins per version per household.
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set includes the uncirculated half dollar from the program housed in a special rotating capsule within an illustrated informational folder. The folder shows the “United States Mint Kids” characters in various scenes as they learn about the history of baseball while visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The sets are priced at $24.95 each. This compares to a price of $22.95 for the uncirculated half dollar in standard individual packaging. There is a product limit of 50,000 units for the Young Collectors Set from the overall maximum mintage of 750,000 pieces.
Similarly themed Young Collectors Sets have been released for previous commemorative coin programs. The most recent release was for the 2013 Girl Scouts Centennial Silver Dollar, when the Young Collectors Set had reached sales of just 5,747 units. The next prior release was for the 2008 Bald Eagle Young Collectors Set which contained the uncirculated half dollar and reached sales of 22,439 units.