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
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 www.usmint.gov 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!