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Fifty years ago, astronauts walked on the moon for the first time. APPOLO 11 has forever marked the history of space conquest. Today, we look at the coins that celebrate this occasion which includes the first ever US Mint X Royal Australian Mint commemorative two coin set.
Where were you when Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon? Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race, a cold war between the then USSR and US over spaceflight capability. More importantly, it fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. This historic event shows the advancement of space technology and open up new possibilities with the solar system.
Silver Domed Proof Coin 50th Anniversary Moon Landing
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. These were the words quoted by Neil Armstrong, the first guy that landed on the moon and sets the theme for the coin.
Measuring 39.62 mm, this coin is the world’s first dome-shaped coloured nickel plated coin. The coin were launched by the Royal Australian Mint’s CEO, Ross MacDiarmid with the support of Operations Scientist at CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope and the team.
The reverse of the coin shows one of the Apollo 11 astronauts standing on the surface of the Moon, with the lunar module Eagle in the background. The Earth, visible in colour, in the sky behind the astronaut, shows Australia directly facing the Moon. A representation of the long journey taken by the Apollo 11 crew from Earth to the Moon is traced in the sky.
The obverse of the coin shows famous CSIRO Parkes radio telescope pointed towards the Moon, from which it is receiving television signals of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The text in the background is an excerpt from the transcript of Commander Neil Armstrong’s journal of the lunar landing. The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is set into a circle at the base of the design.
The coin is housed in a space black casing and includes a certificate of authencity that shows the technical specification of the coin. Limited to 10,000 pieces worldwide.
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Two Coin Proof Set
The Royal Australian Mint and the United States Mint have proudly partnered to create a two-coin proof set, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. It is also the first time the US Mint work together with another National Currency to design a commemorative coin set.
The set includes a 1 ounce, 999 fine Silver Proof Domed coin from Royal Australian Mint, and a 11.34g proof coin made of nickel and copper from the United States Mint.
Measuring 39.62 mm in diameter, the reverse of the Australian coin features an Apollo 11 astronaut and the lunar module Eagle, with the Earth in the sky. Whereas the United States coin reverse shows a representation of the famous photograph “Buzz Aldrin on the Moon”, with Neil Armstrong, the U.S. flag and the lunar lander reflecting from Buzz Aldrin’s helmet.
The australian coin obverse features the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and the Ian-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The United States coin obverse shows inscriptions “MERCURY”, “GEMINI” and “APOLLO”, along with a footprint on the lunar surface.
The coins are housed in a space black box and include a certificate of authenticity signed by both the CEO of the Royal Australian Mint and the Director of the United States Mint. Limited to 10,000 sets worldwide.
Neil Armstrong was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to participate in the historic event. The chance is open for all our customers now to own a piece of history. Be it whether you are a space enthusiast or collector of rare coins, both of this selection are great choices.