Sunday, April 2, is the opening day of the 2017 Major League Baseball season – including the first game for the Chicago Cubs since winning the World Series in 2016 for the first time since 1908.
The start of the new season is also the perfect time to stock up on the only baseball-themed coins in U.S. Mint history.
- 1992 Olympics Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar.
To commemorate the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the U.S. Mint produced a Silver Dollar that made history as the first “baseball” coin. Like all commemoratives, this coin was issued in a limited edition and was made available only in the year of issue. It has been out of issue since 1992 and is increasingly hard to find – especially as a Proof.
Remarkably, a few Proof coins are now available to coincide with the opening of the 2017 baseball season. What’s more, these coins are Deep Cameo and are certified and authenticated by ANACS, one of the most respected coin grading companies.
The design of this coin caused a scandal when it was issued in 1992. Baseball fans thought the image of a pitcher on the obverse looked familiar. Sure enough, a quick look through the previous year’s baseball cards turned up the exact same image. The designer appeared to have copied Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan’s 1991 Fleer baseball card!
Almost forgotten in the controversy surrounding this coin was the fact that it was also a historic “first” in U.S. Mint history: the phrase “XXV Olympiad” appears four times around the edge against a reeded background, making it the first commemorative coin in U.S. history with edge lettering.
- 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemoratives.
In 2014, the U.S. Mint issued a “baseball” Silver Dollar and Half Dollar to mark the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. These were the first curved coins in U.S. history.
Both coins feature the same designs: the obverse (concave side) is curved in the shape of a baseball glove as it prepares to catch a baseball, while the reverse (convex side) is curved to represent a baseball.
The coins were struck using innovative technology, and they were made in strictly limited editions. We were fortunate to secure a small number of coins for the opening of the baseball season, including perfect “70” examples of both coins that are certified and authenticated by ANACS and presented in deluxe wooden cases.
Best of all, you can acquire a perfect MS70 or PR70 Silver Dollar with a label personally signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.
Ryan was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He had a record 5,714 strikeouts and a record seven no-hitters in his record 27-year career, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. He also won the World Series in 1969 with the New York Mets.
These coins won’t last long. Don’t strike out – order now, before they’re going … going … gone!