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      Commemorative Baseball Coin to be U.S. Mint's First Curved Coin

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      The United States mint in San Francisco will be producing an unusual curved coin to commemorate a big anniversary for America's favorite pastime -- baseball.

      The bowl-shaped coin is the product of a 2012 law -- the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act -- and commemorates the Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

      According to the law, the coin's shape is intended to be similar to one produced by the French Mint in 2009.

      The coin, designed by contest winner Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obispo, Calif., features a baseball on one side and a baseball glove on the other.

      The coins will be available in $5, $1 and half dollar denominations. The U.S. Mint website says prices for the coins will include surcharges of $35 for each $5 gold coin, $10 for each $1 silver coin, and $5 for each half-dollar clad coin. The surcharges will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help fund its operations.

      The coins are scheduled to go on sale at noon on March 27, 2014. They will be available on the U.S. Mint's website.

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