U.S. Mint’s First Curved Coin Commemorates Baseball Hall of Fame




Curves aren’t just for pitchers anymore. The United States Mint will soon roll out its first ever curved coin — a commemorative design in honor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary.

According to the 2012 National Baseball Commemorative Coin Act, which called for the coinage, the shape is meant to be reminiscent of the curved International Year of Astronomy coins issued by the the Paris Mint in 2009. The currency is also inspired by Australia’s Southern Cross coins, according to the U.S. Mint.

Cassie McFarland, a 28-year-old artist in San Luis Obispo, Calif. won a contest held last spring by the U.S. Mint to choose a design for the “heads” side of the coin. Her winning entry, “A Hand Full of Gold,” picked out of 178 submissions in September, features a glove modeled after one she used growing up.. Read more…

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NYU hospital commemorates Hurricane Sandy with a birthday party


A year after Hurricane Sandy, the communications and marketing staff at NYU Langone Medical Center share who they chose to throw a birthday party for the babies born the day the storm hit.

By Ragan Staff | Posted: February 3, 2014

A crisis is often something people want to forget.

Sometimes, though they deserve moments of commemoration. Take Hurricane Sandy, the devastating storm that did massive damage in New York and New Jersey last year. The staff at New York University’s Langone Medical Center wanted to mark its anniversary, but had to be very cautious about how.

“We were sitting around in a communications staff meeting, thinking, what can we do to really celebrate this, to make that lemon that happened into some lemonade?” Kathy Lewis, the center’s senior vice president of communications and marketing said in an interview with Ragan Communications CEO Mark Ragan.

In the video below, Lewis, Langone’s Director of Digital Communications Allyson Collins, and Senior Public Relations Specialist Allison Clair discuss how they decided to throw a birthday party for the babies born the day the storm hit, and what a success that turned out to be.


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