U.S. Mint's baseball coin design competition begins April 11

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coinsBeginning April 11, 2013, the United States Mint will open a coin design competition for the image that will be featured on the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

The Baseball Coin Design Competition will be open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, ages 14 and older. The winner of the design competition will be awarded $5,000, and the winner's initials will appear on the minted coins.

There is also a separate Kids' Baseball Coin Design Challenge for children ages 13 and younger. Winners will receive a National Baseball Hall of Fame $1 Silver Commemorative Coin.

The winning children's designs will also be showcased on the Department of the Treasury, United States Mint, and National Baseball Hall of Fame web sites.

This is the first time the United States Mint has held a public design competition since 1992.

In addition, the $5 gold and $1 silver coins will be the first "curved" coins minted and issued by the United States Mint, with the reverses (tail sides) being convex to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverses being concave to provide a more dramatic design.

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