The U.S. Mint launched the Baseball Coin Design Competition today at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capital Hill. Attending the event arranged by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) whose district includes Cooperstown and introduced the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act in the 112th congress, Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and former third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles Brooks Robinson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Jeff Idelson, and Acting Director of the U.S. Mint Richard Peterson.
As with many announcements, there was little news other that what was published in the past. The U.S. Mint did bring out a plaster model of a curved coin to show the media what it could potentially look like.
The following video shows the plaster model of the coin and the introduction by Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios:
This is the animation that the U.S. Mint published showing the shape of the coin:
But the real news of the day is the comedy routine by Brooks Robinson. Robinson takes his sense of humor to a deprecating sense of self. It is worth watching!
Remember, this week’s poll asks if you are going to participate in this contest. Are you?
Will you try to submit a design for the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative?
Total Voters: 13
Videos from the launch ceremony courtesy of Gannett by Brian Tumulty.
Animation video courtesy of the U.S. Mint.