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YN Wins Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest

At noon, October 31, the U.S. Mint announced its winners of the Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest. Walter J. G. Waholek, a 14-year-old boy from Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, was notified directly by phone by the Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint, Richard A. Peterson, from his office in Washington D.C. that he was the grand prize winner in the Mint's Baseball Hall of Fame "Kids batter up challenge Design contest." The contest was open to citizens and legal residents of the United States ages 13 and under and had three age brackets. Walter entered the 11 to 13 age group.


Contestants were offered the opportunity to submit a coin design with the theme "What is great about baseball." In a separate contest for adults best design was chosen to be produced on a $5 gold piece, One dollar .999 silver ounce, $1 Cupro nickel and 50 cent pieces of the same design are to be produced. Production will begin in April. As the grand prize winner, Walter will receive a limited edition one ounce dollar proof .999 silver Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin. Also he has been invited as the guest of Peterson and his associates at the Philadelphia Mint to tour the facility up close and experience the behind the scenes activity not available to the general public.    


Walter attends Father Judge High School and is a member of the William Penn and Double Eagle coin clubs located in Northeast Philadelphia. His passion for coin collecting and design comes from his association as a Boy Scout with Troop 394, Resurrection of Our Lord, where he earned his coin collecting merit badge. As a Young Numismatist with the American Numismatics Association, Waholek won a Numismatic Scholarship to Summer Seminar this past summer. Waholek has been instrumental in developing a BSA Coin collecting merit badge workshop program along with a program to introduce Cub Scouts to coin collecting. With support of three Philadelphia coin clubs the program is about to be presented to the Cradle of Liberty Council for approval before kickoff.


The Hall of Fame coin being produced as a commemorative issue is the first of its kind in the history of U.S. coinage. The concave design led to many production issues all of which have been overcome. The French and Australian mints have produced these coins for their countries. The U.S. produced the concave design as a medal but never as a coin.


A surcharge added to the sale of each Hall of Fame Baseball coin will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Go to to view the design and Kids Challenge winners. Below is a picture of the winning submission. Baseball lives in the hearts of Americans as the King of American team sports. That is what's so great about baseball!

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Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00



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