Newest Commemorative Coin Program From the US Mint Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Wonder and awe filled the hearts and minds of the world as the first humans walked the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Edwin E Aldrin, Jr. (Buzz) took these steps. Although Buzz should have been snapping pictures on the moon that day, it was Armstrong who shot the famous photo of Aldrin- clad in his helmet and visor reflecting the moon, flag, and Armstrong himself. This commemorative coin program celebrates that famous picture. Additionally, it features Aldrin’s photo of his footprint on the moon.
The 1961 goal of President John F. Kennedy to land astronauts on the moon came to a head in 1969. This incredible achievement by the U.S Space Center was indeed a magnificent feat in science, engineering, and politics. A collaborative teamwork project of over 400,000 Americans took place. It put America on the map as a leader in space for generations to come. The Apollo 11 crew comprised of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins. They landed safely back on Earth on July 24, 1969.
Half a century later, they remain the only humans to have touched foot on another celestial body, outside of the Earth and safely return home.
US MINT PROGRAM
So, it’s no surprise that the US Mint would put out an extraordinary set of coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. First, a public law had to go into effect to make this series possible (Public Law 114-282). The bill ensured the design on the reverse was to be set as “…a representation of a close-up of the famous ‘Buzz Aldrin on the moon’ photograph…” Second, by law American Artists are to be a part of the design’s obverse. The winners? The obverse side of the coin was an engraving by sculptor Joseph Menna.
Additionally, the obverse features the artwork of designer Gary Cooper. Gary Cooper won the competition for this side and went with the depiction of Aldrin’s footprint on the moon’s surface. The Reverse was an engraving by sculptor Phoebe Hemphill. She states that she “…over-emphasized the curvature (of the coin) to create the illusion of the curved visor (on Aldrin)…”
In addition to the moon landing, the Apollo program has inspired generations of young people to pursue careers in engineering, mathematics, science, and technology.
This coin series features four different coins. The first is a curved $5 gold coin. The second is a curved $1 silver coin. The third is a half-dollar clad coin. The fourth is a curved 5 oz $1 silver proof coin. All of these coins feature the same design on the obverse and reverse sides.
The obverse of these beautiful coins showcases phases of the moon surrounding “MERCURY,” “GEMINI” and “APOLLO.” Inside this circle, you’ll find the footprint on the lunar surface. Together, they signify the admirable efforts of the U.S. Space program and what they did to get the first man on the moon.
The reverse represents the famous photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the moon. It shows a sliver of his helmet and visor as it overlooks astronaut Neil Armstrong, the lunar landing, and the United States flag. You’ll also find the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and the denomination.
$5 gold coins
- Proof and Uncirculated from West Point Mint
- 50,000 Mintage Limit
- 90% Fine Gold
- Proof and Uncirculated from the Philadelphia Mint
- 400,000 Mintage Limit
- 99.9% fine silver
- Proof from the San Francisco Mint
- Uncirculated from the Denver Mint
- 750,000 Mintage Limit
- 99.9% Fine Silver
Five-Ounce $1 Silver Coins
- Proof from the Philadelphia Mint
- 100,000 Mintage Limit
- 99.9% Fine Silver
Previous commemorative silver dollars were 90% silver and 10% copper.
Surcharges from these coins will go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Destination Moon” exhibit, the Astronaut’s Scholarship Foundation, and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The proceeds are as follows: $35 for every $5 gold coin; $10 for every silver dollar; $5 for every half dollar; and $50 for every five-ounce silver dollar. Half of the proceeds go to the Smithsonian, and a quarter each go to the memorial and scholarship foundations.
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