Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program
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.
Combine this with Tim Gagnon’s series of commemorative anniversary patches for each Apollo mission, and 2019 might be getting a wee bit expensive. [LINK]
Gagnon and Cartes chose to honor each mission with two designs — one patch that pays homage to the artists who originally created the patches for the Apollo astronauts and a second emblem that highlights what made each mission unique.
“We wanted to update the design of the mission patches, but also create a ‘spirit’ patch that captured the essence of each mission,” explained Gagnon.