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USA - Apollo XI 5 Dollar - 2019

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I lived in Florida, just a few miles inland from the Cape during the Apollo Moon Landing era, my dad worked there at the time. I'll let the US Mint tell you more about this series, I'll use their photo too...
The world eagerly watched on July 20, 1969, as Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin, Jr. took mankind’s first steps on the Moon. This unprecedented engineering, scientific, and political achievement was the culmination of the efforts of an estimated 400,000 Americans and secured our Nation’s leadership in space for generations to come. The Apollo 11 crew—Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins—safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969, fulfilling the national goal set in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Nearly half a century later, the United States is the only country ever to have attempted and succeeded in landing humans on a celestial body other than Earth and safely returning them home.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, Public Law 114-282 authorizes a four-coin program: a curved $5 gold coin, a curved $1 silver coin, a curved half-dollar clad coin, and a curved 5 ounce $1 silver proof coin.
As required by the Public Law, the Mint invited American artists to design a common obverse image that is emblematic of the United States Space Program leading up to the first manned Moon landing. The Secretary of the Treasury selected the design from a juried competition. Gary Cooper of Belfast, Maine, created the winning design in the Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Design Competition. (US Mint) Of the regular series of issues, including the silver and clad coins, the BU issue of this 5 Dollar gold coin was the lowest at a still respectable 12,035 struck in a cup shaped planchet, that the flattened photo does not show.


The text would indicate that only the obverse image (the 1st, or A, moon footprint) of the coin was designed by Mr. Cooper (GC initial is there), so I need to look into the reverse design origins which were based on a another Apollo XI photo. I found an interesting enhanced photo effort by Denis Shiryaev that reveals interesting details of this iconic photo and coin.
SEE the site for a short video at this YouTube [ link ]
· Date: June 5, 2020 · Views: 40 · Filesize: 136.9kb · Dimensions: 900 x 452 ·
Keywords: USA - Apollo XI gold 5 Dollar 2019
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Date/Mintmark: 2019 W - Westpoint
Condition: PCGS MS70
Weight: 8.359 g; .242 oz AGW; 21.6 mm
Metal: .900 gold
Additional Categories: Space - the Final Frontier

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