2019-W $5 Gold Coin Apollo 11 50th Anniversary NGC White Core ER MS70

2019-W $5 Gold Coin Apollo 11 50th Anniversary NGC White Core ER MS70

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Year of Issue: 2019

Background

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, a curved $5 gold coin was produced by the United States Mint.

Characteristics

The obverse design features the inscriptions “MERCURY,” “GEMINI,” and “APOLLO,” separated by phases of the Moon, and a footprint on the lunar surface, which together represent the efforts of the United States space program leading up to the first manned Moon landing.

The reverse design features a representation of a close-up of the famous ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The reflection in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet includes astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander.

Obverse Inscriptions

MERCURY
GEMINI
APOLLO
2019
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY

Reverse Inscriptions

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
$5
E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

West Point

Specifications

Composition: 90% gold, 6% silver, balance copper
Diameter: 0.850 inches
Weight: 8.359 grams
Overall Height: 0.141 inch

Mintage Limit: 50,000 across all gold product options

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