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Why purchase this $5 Gold 2019-W Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Proof?
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest accomplishments in human history, man's first walk on the moon. The U.S Mint is marking the occasion, which was also a major American victory in the Space Race, with seven commemorative coins. The releases mark just the second time that the US Mint has released domed coins. This piece, which has the highest face value in the set, was struck from 8.359 g of .900 fine gold and bears the "W" mint mark of the West Point Mint. Along with the gold uncirculated issue, it is part of a mintage of 50,000 pieces.
Powerful Lunar Surface Design by Phebe Hemphill
The obverse design was created by Gary Cooper and sculpted by Joseph Menna. It consists of a single footprint on the surface of the moon. Elegant in its simplicity, it captures the most iconic moment of the first ever visit to the moon. Arching over the footprint are the names of the three NASA programs that made the mission possible, "MERCURY," "GEMINI," and "APOLLO." They are joined by depictions of the moon in various stages. "LIBERTY," "2019," and "IN GOD WE TRUST" are also included on this face.
The convex face of the coin, the reverse, was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The design comes from part of a famous photograph from the moon visit in which Neil Armstrong can be seen standing between the American flag and the lunar module in the reflection of Buzz Aldrin's space helmet. The curvature of the coin mimics the curvature of Aldrin's helmet. Inscriptions on this face include "FIVE DOLLARS," which is in the visor, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one).
Flawless PF70 FDI with Black Core Holder and Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Label
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) provided the grading information for this coin on a label that honors the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and set the coin in a black core holder. They graded the piece Proof 70, which indicates that it lacks even a single imperfection that is visible under 5x magnification. They also certified the coin First Day of Issue, a designation that is only awarded to coins that were submitted through an exclusive process.
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|Year of Issue:||2019|
|Release Type:||First Day of Issue|
|Holder:||Black Core Holder|
|Label/Signature:||Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Label|
|Weight in Grams:||8.539 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.2745 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Moon Boot Print|
|Reverse Design:||Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Photograph|
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