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Why order this $5 Gold 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative?
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, supported by Michael Collins, became the first people to set foot on the moon. The accomplishment, one of the greatest in the history of mankind, served as a major psychological victory for the United States during the Cold War. Now, the US Mint is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the accomplishment with seven new coins, all of which share the same designs. These coins mark just the second time that the US Mint has issued domed pieces. This coin has the lowest mintage of all at just 50,000 pieces across all gold options. It was struck from 8.359 g of .900 fine gold at the West Point Mint. That mint is represented by a "W" mint mark on the obverse.
Patriotic Lunar Surface Designs
The obverse features a footprint design by Gary Cooper. The footprint was made either by Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong as they walked on the moon. The top half of the rim is filled with four images of the moon in different phases and the words "MERCURY," "GEMINI," and "APOLLO," the names of the three NASA programs that led to the famous lunar visit. Other inscriptions on this face include but are not limited to the initials of the designer and engraver, as well as the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST."
The convex reverse design reproduces a photo that was taken of Buzz Aldrin's helmet during the moon visit. The design is dominated by his visor, which shows a clear reflection of Neil Armstrong standing between the American flag and the lunar module. "FIVE DOLLARS," the coin's face value, is included in the upper left. Other inscriptions on this face read, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one).
Impeccable MS70 FR with Moon Core Holder
This coin is in perfect condition as seen under 5x magnification according to its Mint State 70 grade, which it received from the experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Its First Releases designation further indicates that NGC received it within 30 days of the coin's initial release from the mint. This piece has been set in a holder that looks like the surface of the moon and is paired with a replica of the Apollo 11 Mission Patch.
Add this 2019 $5 Gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative to your collection today.
|Year of Issue:||2019|
|Release Type:||First Releases|
|Packaging:||With Apollo 11 Mission Patch|
|Holder:||Moon Core Holder|
|Weight in Grams:||8.359 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.2688 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Moon Boot Print|
|Reverse Design:||Lunar Lander|
2019 was an exciting year for numismatics. The United States Mint introduced a number of "first-evers" including unprecedented collaborations with other renowned mints, a number of historic releases from the West Point Mint Branch, and the lowest mintage Silver Eagle to date! While Mints around the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and the Lunar Year of the Pig with stunning coin releases.