I wanted to give Mint News Blog readers a chance to vote on their favorite design from the semi-finalist designs of the Baseball Coin Design Competition. The officially selected winning design will be used as the common obverse of the 2014 commemorative $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and half dollars issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
There have been some changes to the eligible semi-finalist designs since they were unveiled in the first week of June. After a discrepancy was discovered in an internal round of judging, five additional semi-finalists were added. Additionally, three of the original semi-finalists were removed for non-compliance. Two of the removed designs (“Anticipation Of A Season” and “The Spirit of Baseball”) were highlighted in my previous post.
Aside from the additions and removals, there has also been some controversy within comments posted on the Challenge.Gov site regarding two of the design entries (“Uncle Same G.W.R.B.I.” and “The Big Three”).
Under the posted rules, each entrant may submit only one design for the competition. After commenters suggested that one individual had submitted two entries, a moderator indicated that the two entries were made by individuals from the same family. Several commenters noted the strong similarities in style and the identical font used across the two designs. Even if the entries were from two different individuals, any type of collaboration would be disallowed under the rules. So far, it seems that both designs remain within the pool of eligible semi-finalists.
Without further ado, here is the Mint News Blog Baseball Hall of Fame Coin Design Poll. From the 26 eligible semi-finalist designs, I included eight specific entries. If none of these are your favorite from the eligible designs, there is an option to indicate your preference for one of the others. (View all eligible semi-finalist designs here.)
Keep in mind that these designs are intended to be used for the concave obverse design and paired with a convex reverse design depicting a baseball. It’s also worth noting that the winning design will be used in common across the $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half dollar, which range in size from 0.85 inches to 1.5 inches in diameter.
This is, of course, an unofficial poll created to allow readers a chance to show their preferences.
Officially, five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have evaluated the semi-finalist designs and their preferences will be revealed on July 18. The designs will also be provided to the Commission of Fine Arts, Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for their review and comment. The Acting Director of the Mint will make a final recommendation weighing all relevant factors and recommendations. The Secretary of the Treasury has the authority to make the final selection.