We’re in the thick of the baseball playoffs – an annual tradition that captivates the nation and thrills sports fans everywhere. Will the world champion Chicago Cubs repeat their incredible 2016 season and win another World Series … are the New York Yankees back … will the Houston Astros win their first-ever World Series title … can the Los Angeles Dodgers win the title for the first time in almost 30 years?
As we watch the intriguing matchups, it’s 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 2017 baseball playoffs. 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!
- 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar and Half Dollar.
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 2017 baseball playoffs. Each coin comes in the original U.S. Mint packaging.
- Autographed 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar “Nolan Ryan” – MS70 and PR70.
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar was issued as both a Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof coin, and the very best of these coins were certified and graded as perfect MS70 and PR70, respectively, by ANACS … and the labels are 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.
Each perfect coin is presented in a deluxe wooden case.