Goose Gossage mints a half-dollar home run

KUSA - It says half dollar, but you won't find them at your bank.

"The coins are being issued in recognition of the Baseball Hall of Fame," explains David Croft, Acting Associate Director for Manufacturing at the US Mint.

Yep, this fifty-cent piece is pretty special.

"The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame coins are the first curved coins ever produced by the United States Mint," said Croft.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Baseball's Hall of Fame, the US Mint is honoring America's pastime with a curved coin depicting a glove on the obverse (heads) and baseball on the reverse (tails). The Mint chose Hall of Famer and Colorado native Goose Gossage to strike a few new coins on Tuesday.

"I'm sure it's not that easy from start to finish," Gossage said after pressing a button sending the process in motion. "To be here and to push that button and watch these coins come out is pretty amazing."

The US Mint will make 750,000 of the half-dollar coins and $5 from every each one sold will go to support the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

"This coin will not only commemorate the Hall of Fame, but also benefits the Hall of Fame directly," said Gossage. "To be a part of that here today is very special on my behalf."

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