2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Gold & Silver Commemorative Coins Sell Out

The United States Mint began selling six versions of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coin on March 27, 2014. The one dollar variety came in silver uncirculated and silver proof versions. Gold was also available in uncirculated and proof finishes. The fourth and fifth versions were uncirculated and proof clad coins.

Here's some eye candy for five of the versions.

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2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Silver Commemorative Dollar Coin - Reverse

These coins have been curved so that they resemble the shapes of a Baseball and glove. With the combination of Baseball, a uniquely curved coin and affordable pricing, it's not surprising that the gold and silver versions sold out quickly. It only took one day for the gold coins to disappear and 13 days for the silver versions.

A total of 50,000 units was available for the five dollar denominated gold coins. They quickly sold out and began commanding prices in the $700 range on eBay. Initial prices were $424.75 for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof $5 Gold Coin (B31) and $419.75 for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin (B32.)

This link will take you to the current prices for the Baseball Hall of Fame coins on eBay.

400,000 units was set as the maximum mintage for the combination of silver proof and uncirculated dollar coins. Pricing was $51.95 for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof Silver Dollar (B33) and $47.95 for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Silver Dollar (B34.) On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Mint declared a sellout for these two versions. 400,000 units had been sold. EBay sales for the coins range in price from the $65 range to the high $80 range, and presales for graded coins have sold in the amounts of $129 for a PF69 NGC proof and over $200 for a PF70 NGC Proof.

Check this link to see where the prices are currently at.

The last two versions available are the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof Clad Half-Dollar (B35) and the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Clad Half-Dollar (B36.) As of this writing, these two versions of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coins are still available. Priced at $19.95 for the proof and $18.95 for the uncirculated, they have maximum mintage of 700,000 combined units.

2014 James Shields HALF DOLLAR CLAD .50 coin PF 70 HOF Baseball Hall of Fame NGC
2014 James Shields HALF DOLLAR CLAD .50 coin PF 70 HOF Baseball Hall of Fame NGC
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2014 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME COMM SILVER PROOF BOX & COA ONLY (NO COIN)
2014 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME COMM SILVER PROOF BOX & COA ONLY (NO COIN)
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2014 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME COMM. GOLD COIN BOX & COA ONLY  (NO COIN)
2014 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME COMM. GOLD COIN BOX & COA ONLY (NO COIN)
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2014 US MINT CURVED BASEBALL HALL OF FAME  HOF 4 COIN SET (2) $1 and (2) $.50
2014 US MINT CURVED BASEBALL HALL OF FAME HOF 4 COIN SET (2) $1 and (2) $.50
$218.88
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2014 Baseball Hall of Fame BU HALF DOLLAR US Mint Clad UNC Coin Box and COA
2014 Baseball Hall of Fame BU HALF DOLLAR US Mint Clad UNC Coin Box and COA
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2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof 90% Silver Dollar Coin Box and COA
2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Proof 90% Silver Dollar Coin Box and COA
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2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative $5 Gold Coin began selling at that United States Mint on March 5, 2012. Two versions of the gold coin are available - a proof option (SS1), and an uncirculated gold coin (SS2).

2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative $5 Gold Proof Coin
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Two-Coin Proof Set

Initially, the price for the Star-Spangled Banner Gold Proof Coin was set at $529.30. The uncirculated gold coin's initial selling price was $519.30. Pricing for these numismatic commemorative coins will be adjusted according to a price grid the mint has established, due to the volatility of spot gold prices. The gold proof version is also available in a commemorative two-coin set, which also includes the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Proof Dollar. Its initial pricing was $579.30.

These gold coins were minted to commemorate "The Star-Spangled Banner". 200 years ago, in 1812 Francis Scott Key penned the poem, "In Defense of Fort McHenry", which were later transformed into the lyrics of the National Anthem of the United States of America in 1931.

A maximum mintage of 100,000 coins has been set across all product options for this commemorative coin.

The obverse image on the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner $5 Commemorative Gold Coin was designed by Donna Weaver. In the background is a fleeing British ship. A naval battle has taken place from the war of 1812. In the foreground, an American sailing ship skiffs through the water. Inscriptions surrounding the image include
IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1812 — 2012.

The reverse image on the coin was designed by Richard Masters. It depicts the first words of the Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem, which are, "O say can you see", penned by Francis Scott Key. This is placed against a backdrop of 15 stars and 15 stripes, which represent the Star-Spangled Banner flag. Inscriptions around the image include the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and FIVE DOLLARS.

A surcharge of $35 will be collected by the US Mint for each gold coin sold. The surcharge will be paid to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. These funds will be used to support their bicentennial activities, improve the sites and structures related to the war of 1812, and educational outreach.

This gold commemorative coin would make a fine addition to your coin collection.

2012-W $5 Gold Star Spangled Banner Early Rel Comm Coin - NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo
2012-W $5 Gold Star Spangled Banner Early Rel Comm Coin - NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo $339.99
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2012-W $5 Gold Star Spangled Banner Commemorative, Box, OGP & COA
2012-W $5 Gold Star Spangled Banner Commemorative, Box, OGP & COA $399.95
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2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative coin program two coin proof set
2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative coin program two coin proof set $250.00 (2 Bids)
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2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar

On March 5, 2012 the United States Mint began sales for the coin collecting public with the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar. These commemorative silver dollars will be sold in two options - a proof silver dollar (SS3) , and an uncirculated version (SS4).

2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Two-Coin Proof Set

The introductory price for the proof silver dollar will be $49.95. The uncirculated silver dollar sells for $44.95. These prices will be raised five dollars for each coin on April 5, 2012 after 2 PM Pacific time. The proof coin will also be available in the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Two-Coin Proof Set (SS5), which will include both the gold and silver proof coins. It was originally priced at $579.30.

These silver dollars are minted "in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner." The series was authorized by passage of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act, which was later turned into Public Law 111-232, with the signature of the United States President Barack Obama.

If you're an American, and have been to a major sporting event, or watch the Olympics, you've heard the National Anthem of the United States of America - "The Star-Spangled Banner", written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. His poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry" was transformed into the lyrics we celebrate today.

There'll be a maximum mintage of 500,000 silver dollar struck by the mint. This mintage is for all options of the coin, including the two-coin proof set. Each silver dollar contains 90% silver.

AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz designed the obverse side of the Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar, and it was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. In the background of the image is Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote those memorable lyrics, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Lady Liberty stands in the foreground waving the 15-Star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag. The inscriptions, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012 surround the image.

The reverse side of the coin was designed by William C. Burgard III, and sculpted by Don Everhart. It depicts a waving modern American flag. Inscriptions include ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A surcharge of $10 per silver dollar coin will be collected by the United States Mint, and sent to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. These monies will be used to support their cause.

2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative $1 Silver Coin
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative $1 Silver Coin $0.99 (1 Bid)
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2012 Star-Spangled Banner UNCIRCULATED 90% Silver Dollar US Mint Coin Box
2012 Star-Spangled Banner UNCIRCULATED 90% Silver Dollar US Mint Coin Box $47.50
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2012 Star Spangled Banner Proof Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin US Mint
2012 Star Spangled Banner Proof Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin US Mint $14.50 (2 Bids)
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2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Designs

Recently, on December 14, 2011, the United States Mint released the coin designs for next year's second gold and silver commemorative coins. The Mint will release the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins in the denomination of a $5 gold coin and a $1 denominated silver dollar.

In 1814, an amateur poet named Francis Scott Key wrote a poem entitled, "Defence of Fort McHenry", after watching the bombardment of the Fort by the British during the war of 1812. The lyrics for the national anthem of the United States of America come from that poem. On March 3, 1931, by order of congressional resolution,"The Star-Spangled Banner" became the official national anthem.

Authorized by Congress under the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act, these commemorative coins are to feature designs "emblematic of the War of 1812, and particularly the Battle for Baltimore that form the basis for the Star Spangled-Banner."

Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar Design

2012 Star-Spangled-Banner Commemorative Silver Coin

The obverse side of this commemorative silver dollar will feature the familiar Lady Liberty in the foreground. She waves a flag with 15 Stars & Stripes embroidered upon it. The theme of this image, "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry", is depicted by the image of Fort McHenry in the background. Near the upper right of the image is inscribed the word, LIBERTY, while the words IN GOD WE TRUST sit at the bottom left corner. The date 2012 is in the bottom right.

The reverse image depicts a modern American Flag, which is indicative of the reverse side theme of,"The Star Spangled-Banner". The denomination, ONE DOLLAR is inscribed at the top. At the bottom are the words E PLURIBUS UNUM, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This coin was designed by Joel Iskowitz, and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

Star Spangled-Banner $5 Gold Design

2012 Star-Spangled Banner $5 Commemorative Gold Coin

The foreground of the 2012 $5 Gold Commemorative Coin depicts an American sailing ship. In the foreground sits a wounded British ship. The theme for the obverse side of the coin is"The Battles at Sea During the War of 1812". The words, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and the date 1812-2012 are inscribed on the left.

The first five words from the famous Star Spangled-Banner,"O say can you see" are placed in a handwritten font on the reverse side of the gold commemorative coin. The stripes of the American flag are set in the background and offset these familiar words. This coin was designed by Richard Masters, and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Star-Spangled Banner Coin Design Specs and Mintage

A maximum of 500,000 Star Spangled-Banner Silver Dollar Commemorative Coins are allowed to be struck by the United States Mint. A limit of 100,000 coins has been set for the $5 gold commemorative coin.  These coins will be struck in both proof and uncirculated condition.

$35 per gold coin, and $10 per silver dollar coin will be given to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. These proceeds are given to support its involvement in activities surrounding the War of 1812.

This will be the second coin released by the United States Mint in 2012 following the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar, and $5 gold commemorative coin.

2011 Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins Sales to End

Sales for the 2011 Gold Commemorative Coins, and 2011 Silver Commemorative Coins will end on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 5 PM Eastern standard Time, when the United States Mint takes them off of their website.

2011 United States Army Commemorative Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin

In 2011, two commemorative coins were minted. The first coin honored the United States Army, and the second commemorative coin honored the Medal of Honor, and its recipients.

Compared to last year's sales figures for commemorative coins sold by the United States Mint, 2011 saw a significant drop in the number of coins sold. Last year, the Boy Scouts of America Silver Dollar Proof saw sales figures of 245,000 , while the Uncirculated Silver Dollar saw 105,000 units sold. Compare that with this year's sales figures for the Medal of Honor Silver Dollar Proof with 109,270 units sold so far, and the Uncirculated Silver Dollar selling 43,414 units.

This may be an opportunity for coin collectors to own a Gold commemorative coin with a lower mintage. In the past, Gold commemorative coins with lower mintage have benefited from higher premiums on the secondary market.

Only the 1997 Jackie Robinson, and 2001 Capital Visitor Center Uncirculated Gold Commemorative coins have seen lower mintages. Those two coin sell for a premium on the secondary market.

Uncirculated $5 Gold Commemoratives
1997 Jackie Robinson     5,174
2001 Capitol Visitor Center     6,761
2011 Army     7,718 current figure with two days to go
2011 Medal of Honor     7,910 current figure is two days to go
1996 Smithsonian     9,068

Proof $5 Gold Commemoratives
2011 Army     17,002 current figure with two days to go
2011 Medal of Honor     17,739 current figure with two days to go
1996 Smithsonian     21,840
1997 Jackie Robinson     24,072
2001 Capitol Visitor Center     27,652

For coin collecting enthusiasts, this year's commemorative coin designs maybe all that they need to enjoy these commemorative coins. If you're speculating on the possibility of a higher premium for these coins in the future, you definitely have to look at their mintage numbers. This doesn't automatically indicate that their prices will rise. A few caveats that may have changed things this year for collectors include the rapid price rise of spot silver and spot gold. At the current price of $500 for the uncirculated gold versions, and $510 for the Proof Gold Commemorative Coins, collectors may have tapped out their collecting funds before purchasing these two silver or gold commemorative coins.

Canadian Highway of Heroes Silver Commemorative Coin

Canadian Highway of Heroes Silver Commemorative Coin

The 2011 Highway of Heroes Silver Commemorative Coin has been struck and issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. This commemorative coin celebrates the Highway of Heroes, which honors fallen Canadian servicewomen and servicemen.

This beautiful commemorative coin is struck in .999 pure silver, and a denomination of C$10. The Royal Canadian Mint has placed a limit of 25,000 coins maximum on the mintage. The price of this coin is $69.95. For every coin sold,  $20  will be sent to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial and the Military Families Fund. As of this date they have raised over $100,000 for those charities.

The image on the reverse of this silver commemorative coin was designed by engraver Stan Witten, with the collaboration of Major Carl Gauthier. The design shows the grassroots movement, which started in 2002, in order to honor Canada's fallen soldiers from the war in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Canadians gathered at the overpasses of a section of Highway 401 to pay their respects to the individuals and families of those fallen soldiers whose bodies were being taken from the Canadian Forces Base Trenton to Toronto Ontario. The reverse image on the coin shows one of the overpasses of Highway 401, and the crowds that gathered there to pay their respects. Canadian flags are draped over the sides of the overpass, and a large maple leaf is set in the background. A memorial cross sits of the upper left-hand corner of the image, with the denomination, and 2011 year of issue surrounding the outer portions of the top of the coin.

The Highway of Heroes Silver Commemorative coins weigh 15.87 g. The obverse side of the coin features an attractive image of Queen Elizabeth II, which was designed by Susanna Blunt.

These coins are currently available from the Royal Canadian Mint.

2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Design

While the United States Mint was selling out of their popular 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle set, they were also busy introducing the designs for the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin. This silver dollar was designed to commemorate the United States Army Infantry, and recognize the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

12 different designs were originally created for the obverse side of the coin, and seven different designs were drawn out for the reverse. Timothy Geithner, the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury, made the final selections for the coin designs.

The design chosen for the obverse side of the coin features a soldier dressed in modern military garb. The soldier is charging forward, symbolizing the motto of the infantry, which is "Follow Me". The word "LIBERTY" is placed at the top side of this design. The words,"IN GOD WE TRUST" are to the right of the soldier, and the date 2012 is in the bottom left corner. This design was created by Joel Iskowitz, and engraved by Michael Gaudioso.

The reverse design was created by Ronald D. Sanders, and engraved by Norman E. Nemeth. It features the crossed rifle insignia, which is the branch insignia for the Armies Infantry. The words,"One Dollar", and "E Pluribus Unum" are placed underneath the crossed rifles, with the words "United States of America" placed at the top.

The coins images were shown to the public at Fort Benning's famous Doughboy Stadium in Columbus, Georgia before a football crowd of Columbus State University Cougars, and the Fort Benning Doughboys.

Former Buffalo Bills head coach, and World War II veteran, Mark Levy presented the opening coin toss for the game with an official prototype 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Coin.

This coin was authorized by Congress, and signed into law by President Bush in 2008, under the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act, or Public Law 110-357. This law allows for a maximum mintage of 350,000 silver dollar collector coins in uncirculated and proof condition. Designs for the coin were to be indicative of the history, courage, pride, sacrifice, and sense of duty of the United States Infantry.

The 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Coin should be available from the US Mint in February of 2012.