First-Ever Football-Shaped Coin

World's First-Ever Football-Shaped Coins


In 2014, after seeing the success of a French astronomy coin issued by France’s Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), the U.S. Mint made their first attempt at a curved (or “domed”) coin with the release of a Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative. The popularity of these coins has inspired a number of other innovative sports-themed coins from other Mints. The appeal of these coins is dual – unusual, interesting shapes never seen before in numismatics and subjects that important to many sports fans.


In the U.S., there are pending bills in the House and Senate to issue commemorative coins for the Football Hall of Fame, which were originally going to be in the shape of a football, but the U.S. Mint said that would not be technically feasible. Those bills will likely die at the end of the 114th Congress in December. There are also bills that have gotten further in the legislative process to issue coins in 2019 for the Basketball Hall of Fame, which would be in the domed-shape to resemble a basketball.


The RCM made history last year with the release of their own first domed coin – the Library of Parliament commemorative that I spoke about in a previous article titled "Royal Canadian Mint's First Dome-Shaped Coin." Earlier this year, they continued the trend by striking their own basketball-shaped commemorative coin. This coin was struck curved and received fine, realistic colorization. I covered this coin in an in-depth article titled "Colorized Domed Basketball Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint."


Now, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) in collaboration with ModernCoinMart (MCM), has issued the first-ever football-shaped silver and gold coins! These were just released by the Mint and are already available from MCM graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and in original Mint packaging. Like the baseball coins, they are concave on the obverse and convex on the reverse side, but they are elongated to an oval shape that resembles a football.


Canadian Football


Side view of the 2017 Canada $200 1 oz. Proof Gold Football-Shaped coin.There are a lot of theories about how footballs used in North America came to be the unique shape they are today, but the key point is that it was not intentionally designed this way. According to one theory, this shape started 170 years ago they were made from a pig’s bladder, which is why today they are known as “pigskins.” Later, after footballs were made from cowhide and rubber, they were often difficult to inflate properly and ended up lopsided.  That odd, warped-shape turned out to be a lot easier to throw for passes, so by the early 1900’s, footballs were designed into the elongated oval-shape we see today.


Here in America, football is typically seen as strictly played in the United States. This is not the case - American Rugby football began to be played in Canada in the 1860’s and eventually evolved into the game played today - Canadian football.  The Canadian Football League and Football Canada, the sport’s governing body, trace their roots to the 1860’s. The CFL is the most popular and the only major professional football league in Canada.  Its championship game is called the “Grey Cup.”



Silver and Gold Versions Available at MCM NOW!


Reverse of the 2017 Canada $25 1 oz. Proof Silver Football-Shaped coin.The 2016 RCM football coins include a $25 1 oz. silver coin with a low mintage of 8,500 and a $200 1 oz. gold coin with a tiny mintage of just 550 coins. The gold piece measures 44 x 26.4mm, while the silver piece extends to 48 x 30.33mm. Both are composed of .9999 pure metals – the standard RCM purity – and struck in a shining proof finish that really makes their detailed designs stand out.


The reverse designs show an inflated Canadian football with its night stripes, leather panels, and laces, which were originally part of the manufacturing process but are now used to make it easier to grip the ball. There are inscriptions for the denominations and “2017.”


The obverse has the Susana Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II as well as inscriptions for “CANADA” and “ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA.”

Reverse of the 2017 Canada $200 1 oz. Proof Gold Football-Shaped coin.


The exciting new football coins are another winning release from the innovative RCM partnered with MCM that brings football alive on North American coins. Once again, the RCM has produced an interesting new release with a very distinctive design and popular theme that will interest many people. The coins are expertly crafted by the Mint using its cutting-edge technologies.


They will appeal both to coin collectors who like unusual-shaped numismatic issues with low mintages, as well as to football fans who have the opportunity of acquiring an original piece of sports memorabilia. For these reasons, the coins should have good crossover appeal between numismatics and sports fans. Since both the U.S. and Canadian football league use essentially the same footballs, that means sports fans in both countries, among others who love football, will want to have the coins.


Purchase your Football-Shaped coins from ModernCoinMart, the company that made them happen, today!

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