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Why buy this 2019-W US $5 Gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin from the Moon Mission Releases?
The 1969 Apollo 11 mission landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, completing a task that was a decade in the making and winning a major Space Race victory for the United States. The U.S Mint is commemorating the occasion with its second ever domed coins, which include this $5 Gold Proof. Struck from 8.539 g oz of .900 fine gold, this piece bears the "W" mint mark of the West Point Mint. 50,000 Gold Commemoratives were struck, including business strikes. Because this piece was submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC's) Florida headquarters within the specific anniversary dates, July 16-24, 2019, it received the Moon Mission Releases designation, and its grading information comes on a label that bears an image of an astronaut and an American flag on the moon.
Moving Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Design by Phebe Hemphill
The US Mint held a contest for the obverse design, and Gary Cooper won it. His design, which was sculpted by Joseph Menna, features a single footprint on the moon. This serves as a simple yet awe inspiring symbol of the feat. "MERCURY," "GEMINI," and "APOLLO," the names of the NASA programs that made the moon landing possible, are included along the rim at the top with depictions of the moon in various phases. Inscriptions on this face read, "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2019."
Phebe Hemphill's reverse design is sure to stoke the fires of patriotism in every American. Neil Armstrong stands on the moon with an American flag to one side and the lunar module to the other. The image is reflected in the visor of Buzz Aldrin's space helmet, a unique way to portray the image that is enhanced by the curvature of this convex face of the coin. Inscriptions on this face include "FIVE DOLLARS," which is included within the visor, and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM," which appear on other parts of the helmet.
Impeccable PF70 with Black Core Holder
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) awarded this coin a Proof 70 grade, which is reserved exclusively for coins that appear flawless under 5x magnification. They also set the coin in a sleek black core.
Don't miss your chance to own this Moon Mission Releases 2019-W US $5 Gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin.
|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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