11 October 2018
The United States Mint recently unveiled the designs for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin series, with the obverse depicting a footprint on the moon.
The forthcoming series will feature four coins: a $5 gold coin, a standard size $1 silver coin, a half dollar clad coin, and a five ounce $1 silver proof coin. In a manufacturing first for the Mint, the coins will be curved.
The obverse design was selected from entries in a public competition, and the winning design, by Gary Cooper of Belfast, Maine, features a footprint on the lunar surface.
The reverse design is by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. It features a representation of a close-up of the iconic ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken in July 1969, showing just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The reflection in Aldrin’s helmet includes astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander.
The Mint will announce the release date and pricing for this coin programme prior to the opening of sales in January 2019.