There was no rule to compel a man to strike at the ball except the rule of honor [sic] Dr. June 4, 1838: An open pasture, a cedar club, and a ball made of yarn and stitched calfskin were all that was necessary to stage a match that made sports history. Travel back in time 180 years ago, to Beachville, Ont. In this engraved ode to one of the most detailed early accounts of a baseball game not only in Canada but also the United States! Shaped like a baseball, your convex-shaped coin showcases more than a historic moment: it is a celebration of a game so beloved that for generations of Canadians, the crack of the bat and the roar of a crowd are the quintessential sounds of summer! If you enjoy baseball, this convex coin is perfect for your memorabilia display! CELEBRATE BASEBALL HISTORY IN CANADA! Your coin is a special commemoration of the 180th anniversary of the first detailed record of a baseball game played in Canada! YOUR CONVEX COIN LOOKS LIKE A BASEBALL! The curvature of your convex-shaped coin results in an unusually shaped, pure silver canvas for our baseball-themed celebration. The addition of engraved stitchwork completes the effectyour coin looks like a baseball! ARTISTIC REPRESENTATION OF THE 1838 GAME! In this artistic representation of the 1838 game played in Beachville, Ont. You are positioned at the heart of the action, from just behind the knockers stone (home plate today). MODERN CRAFTSMANSHIP BUT AN OLD-TIME FEELING! Modern engraving techniques and cutting-edge technology allow for a wealth of engraved details in an image that has a remarkably vintage feel! The historic nature of the celebration isnt lost in many of the other design elementsincluding the choice of font and a closer view of the equipment used at that time. The double commemorative dates 1838 and 2018 on your coin celebrate the anniversary! On your coin, the denomination 25 Dollars is engraved in a vintage-looking font! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1. Only 5,000 coins will be made available worldwide. Hurry and order yours today before they are all gone! 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN! Your coin is GST/HST exempt! Designed by artist Steve Hepburn, your coin deftly combines art and technology to re-create a historic sports moment. Paired with engraved stitchwork, the coins curvature transforms the reverse into a baseball-shaped canvas fit for commemorating the most detailed earliest documented game played in Canada. The highly detailed, precisely engraved image provides a prime view of the action during the match, which took place on June 4, 1838, in Beachville, Ont. As seen from behind the knockers stone (home plate today), the participants from Beachville and Zorra are all in position: one team stands in the open field, ready to catch the ball; a knocker (batter) from the opposing team grips the club (bat) as he keeps his focus on the ball tossed by the thrower (pitcher); to the right of him, an umpire leans in to rule whether the ball is fair or unfair. At their feet, the denomination 25 Dollars is engraved in a vintage-looking font; in the arched banner above, the double commemorative dates 1838 and 2018 flank a rendering of the equipment used in that era: two clubs (crossed) and a yarn ball covered by stitched calfskin. Baseball did not originate in Canada, but it. Have a long history here. The proof lies in one of the most detailed published accounts of a game that took place on June 4, 1838, in Beachville, Ont. As recalled by Dr. Adam Ford in the May 5, 1886 issue of. There are earlier accounts of baseball-type games but generally only as accidental references in diaries, news stories, or municipal ordinances, and with little or no detail as to the games play. Baseball type activity has been recorded as early as 1803 in Canada, and most significantly in Hamilton (Upper Canada)in 1819 on the same 4 June date further validating Fords account of the games place as part of the events surrounding Militia Muster Day and the celebration of George IIIs birthday. References to what was later dubbed the old-fashioned game appear in the 18th century in what became the United States, but even earlier than that in England and Europe. Its institutional formalization with rules close to the contemporary game would not occur until the 1840s led by its proponents in New York City, while its commercial and organizational modernization was a decade or two later. Contempraneous with its modernization in the United States was the development and growth of the game in Canada, suggesting that citizens of the two countries were partners in every stage of baseballs ultimate evolution to mainstream popular appeal. On June 4, 1838, citizens of Beachville and Zorra (both in Oxford County, southwestern Ontario) took part in a friendly match that bears many similarities to todays game, but with a few notable differences in regards to equipment and game play. Softer and somewhat smaller than those used today, the baseball was made of twisted yarn covered with a layer of calfskin, and sewn by a local shoemaker. The club (bat) was crafted from cedar and hand hewnalthough Ford stated, a wagon spoke, or any nice straight stick would do. The playing field itself was square-shaped with five byes: four bases plus a home plate known as the knockers stone. In each inning, every team member had his turn as the knocker (batter), to whom the thrower (pitcher) would toss the ball within easy reach. Base running involved moving from bye to bye, although not necessarily in a straight line. Fords account also mentioned the practice of plugging (not tagging) a player off base by hitting him with the ball a play that was common elsewhere but is often associated with The Canadian Game, which was played in southwestern Ontario until the 1860s and further west, where settlers brought the game with them. June 4th, 1838 was a holiday! As decreed by the. Statues of Upper Canada. In 1793, the Militia Muster Day was held every year on the observed date of King George IIIs birthdayand that particular date happened to be the late kings 100th birthday. There is another connection between baseball and the king: a letter written in 1748 describes a game of base-ball played by Frederick of Hanover and his family, including his eldest son: the future King George III. Fords account of the 1838 Beachville game hints at baseballs earlier roots in Canada with his reference to greyheaded men who guided the play based on the way they used to play when they were boys. The first printed mention of base-ball appeared in the 1744 childrens book. A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master Tommy and Pretty Miss Polly with Two Letters from Jack the Giant Killer. There is ample evidence that earlier baseball-type sports were played across Canadaincluding an 1841 Nova Scotian newspaper reference to ball and bat, and the discovery of early bats and rounders (a shorter bat used for a softball-like game) in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. The Canadian Game typically featured two innings of play between two teams of 11 players. Towards the end of the 1850s, southwestern Ontario had begun adopting the faster New York style of play: nine innings with nine players on each team. The use of a heavier ball made of rubber also replaced the practice of plugging with tagging, similar to how its done today. Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box. 99.99% pure silver. Steve Hepburn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). I do leave feedback for everyone. The item “1838-2018 Canadian Baseball 180th Anniversary $25 Convex Curved Pure Silver Coin” is in sale since Saturday, February 17, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “coins.4.fun” and is located in Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
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- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated