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The Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins are a series of coins to be issued by the United States Mint in 2020. The coins were authorized by Public Law 115–343 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[1][2]

History[edit]

Following the success of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins of 2014, H.R.4592 was introduced to the House of Representatives in 2016. It proposed the production of a series of coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.[3][4] However, it did not make it past the House.[5]

The production of Basketball Hall of Fame coins was proposed again in 2017 with H.R.1235, this time with production scheduled for 2020.[6] Unlike the previous proposal, H.R.1235 passed the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 21, 2018, becoming Public Law 115–343.[1]

Legislation[edit]

Public Law 115–343 calls for a maximum mintage limit of 750,000 clad half dollars, 400,000 silver dollars, and 50,000 gold half eagles. It also calls for the coins to be dome-shaped and for the reverse to feature a basketball.[1]

Designs[edit]

2020 Basketball Hall of Fame coins line art obverse.jpg2020 Basketball Hall of Fame half dollar line art reverse.jpg
Common obverse and reverse designs for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.

The US Mint launched the Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Design Competition on March 19, 2019, calling for artists to submit obverse designs to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The chosen designs were unveiled on September 6, 2019.[7]

The obverse, designed by Justin Kunz, will feature three players reaching for a ball. The reverse, designed by Donna Weaver, will feature a basketball falling into a net.[7]

April Stafford, the chief of the Office of Design Management, has stated that the Mint is considering colorizing the half dollar and silver dollar coins.[8] If approved, these would be the US Mint's first-ever color coinage.[9]

The idea of colorized coins brought mixed responses from the numismatic community. One reader of Coin World opined negatively that the Mint would be mimicking the Royal Canadian Mint's "plan of turning out trinkets". However, some welcomed the prospect of coloring.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Neal, Richard E. (December 21, 2018). "Text – H.R.1235 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Basketball Hall of Fame getting commemorative collector's coin". WWLP. January 21, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Commemorative coin legislation plentiful in 2017". CoinWorld. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Domed basketball coins for 2019?". CoinWorld. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Neal, Richard E. (February 23, 2016). "Text – H.R.4592 – 114th Congress (2015–2016): Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Walker, Hubert (March 7, 2017). "Domed Commemorative Naismith Basketball Coin Bill Reintroduced to Congress". CoinWeek. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Basketball Hall of Fame Coin Designs Unveiling | U.S. Mint". www.usmint.gov. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Mint considering colorizing two of three 2020 Basketball commems". CoinWorld. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Monday Morning Brief for Aug. 5, 2019: Colorized U.S. coins?". CoinWorld. Retrieved August 9, 2019.