Here’s a little tidbit for North Coast baseball fans who also happen to be artists, from SCOTT MCCLAIN at CLATSOP COIN: The U.S. Mint is holding a DESIGN COMPETITION from now to May 11 for the image on the heads side of the 2014 NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME COMMEMORATIVE COINS.

It’s a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins with an unusual feature: they are the first coins issued to have a curved side.

The design winner will get $5,000 and have their initials on the minted coins. And, there’s even a contest for children ages 13 and younger. To see all the details about both competitions, go to

— Elleda Wilson


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