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Why order this 2019-W Moon Mission Releases US Apollo 11 50th Anniversary $5 Gold Commemorative?
Few accomplishment in the history of mankind can compare to the success of landing a man on the moon in 1969. The Apollo 11 mission changed the world's perception about what is possible while also serving as an important American victory over the Soviet Union in the Space Race. The US Mint issued seven domed coins to mark the occasion. Together, they are just the second ever domed issue from the US Mint. This piece was struck from 8.359 g of .900 fine gold and is part of a mintage of just 50,000 pieces. The West Point Mint's "W" mint mark is included on the obverse. This coin has been certified Moon Mission Releases because it was submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC's) Florida headquarters during the actual mission anniversary dates, July 16-24, 2019. On account of this certification, its grading information comes on a special label on which an astronaut stands facing the American flag on the moon.
Striking Lunar Footprint Design by Gary Cooper
A submission by Gary Cooper won a US Mint competition for the obverse design. Sculpted by Joseph Menna, it is dominated by a single footprint on the surface of the moon. Arching over the image are the names of the three NASA programs that led up to the moon landing, "MERCURY," "GEMINI," and "APOLLO." They are interspersed among depictions of the moon in various phases. Other inscriptions on this face include "2019," "LIBERTY," and the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST."
Phebe Hemphill modeled her reverse design after a famous photograph taken during the moon landing. This is the convex face of the coin, and its curvature replicates the curvature of the visor of Buzz Aldrin's helmet. That helmet dominates this face. It reflects an image of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon with the American flag to one side and the lunar module to the other. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are inscribed above and below the visor, respectively, while the coin's face value, "FIVE DOLLARS," is on the visor itself.
Magnificent MS70 with Black Core Holder
NGC's experts found that this coin lacked any imperfections that are visible under 5x magnification, so they awarded it their highest grade, Mint State 70. They also set the piece in a black core.
Add this Moon Mission Releases 2019-W US Apollo 11 50th Anniversary $5 Gold Commemorative Coin to your collection today.
|Year of Issue:||2019|
|Designation:||Moon Mission Releases|
|Holder:||Black 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|
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