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Why order this 2019-W $5 Gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Proof?
The U.S Mint has released just its second ever domed coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon. The landing was not only a major accomplishment in terms of space exploration writ large but also a major American victory in the Space Race with the Soviet Union. Struck from 8.359 g of .900 fine gold, this coin is part of a mintage of just 50,000 pieces, which also includes uncirculated pieces. It was struck at the West Point Mint, which is represented by a "W' mint mark.
Classic Lunar Landing design by Phebe Hemphill
Designed by Gary Cooper and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the obverse features a single footprint on the surface of the moon, a simple yet powerful symbol of the accomplishment. Cooper pays tribute to the programs that made the landing possible by including their names, "MERCURY," "GEMINI," and "APOLLO," at the top along with images of the moon in different phases. "IN GOD WE TRUST," "2019," and "LIBERTY" are also inscribed on the obverse.
Phebe Hemphill both designed and sculpted the reverse, which comes from part of a famous photograph taken during the Apollo 11 moon landing. The design is dominated by the visor of the helmet of Buzz Aldrin's spacesuit. Reflected in the visor is Neil Armstrong standing on the moon between the lunar module and the American flag. "FIVE DOLLARS," the coin's face value, is inscribed within the visor, while "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one) are included above and below it, respectively.
Impeccable PF70 FR with Black Core Holder
This coin received the highest grade awarded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), Proof 70, which means that it is perfect as seen under 5x magnification. It was also dubbed First Releases due to how quickly it was received for grading. The coin has been set in a sleek black core holder.
Add this $5 Gold 2019-W Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Proof to your collection today.
|Year of Issue:||2019|
|Release Type:||First Releases|
|Holder:||Black Core Holder|
|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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