Baseball is a very popular sport in Canada. The 180th anniversary of Canada’s first baseball game was celebrated with the release of a special concave/ convex coin by the Royal Canadian mint.
The first Canadian Baseball game was played in an open pasture in Beachville, Ontario on 4th June 1838. Players used a hand-hewn “club” and a ball made of yarn and calfskin.
The new coin is shaped like a baseball and illustrates this historic sporting moment by combining art and technology on the reverse. The stitchwork is also engraved on the coin to make the reverse look like a baseball-shaped canvas.
The image shows different players from Beachville and Zorra in action. These include the knocker or batter holding a club or bat, a thrower or pitcher throwing the ball at the batter and an umpire looking at the ongoing game closely.
Other inscriptions include 25 DOLLARS, double commemorative dates 1838 and 2018, two crossed clubs and a yarn ball covered by stitched calfskin.
The Proof. 9999 fine silver $25 30.75 grams coin features the common portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse, has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces and can be purchased for $159 Canadian.
Image Courtesy: Royal Canadian Mint