2019 brings with it a landmark celebration for precious metal enthusiasts and fans of the cosmos. Some of the world’s most beloved bullion coins programs celebrate major anniversaries in 2019, but for some those coins are outshined by the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Fulfilling a decade-long challenge set forth by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, America won the Space Race and sent mankind to another celestial body for the first time in human history in the summer of 1969. To celebrate, several mints struck commemorative silver rounds and silver coins for collectors to purchase. Learn all about the various options now!
One of America’s most prominent private mints issued a commemorative silver round to mark the 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The 1 oz SilverTowne Apollo 11 Silver Round features images reflective of the moon landing on both sides of the bullion round. On the obverse side of the round is the image of the Eagle lunar lander. Buzz Aldrin was the pilot of the Eagle lander and together with Neil Armstrong descended in the unit to the surface of the moon. Aldrin and Armstrong spent a total of 21.5 hours on the moon’s surface exploring and collecting samples.
The obverse design field of the round includes the image of the lunar lander resting on the surface of the moon with a few footprints visible on the moon’s surface. Engravings around the design field include “1969 – NASA – 2019” along the top of the design rim and “.999+ Fine Silver One Troy Ounce” along the bottom.
On the reverse field is a design based on the mission patch worn by Aldrin, Armstrong, and command module pilot Michael Collins, the third man in the Apollo 11 crew. This design includes an American bald eagle with its wings spread wide as it touches down on the surface of the moon clutching an olive branch in its talons. In the background, a different view of the world for mankind for the first time: the Earth is visible from the moon’s surface.
The 1 oz SilverTowne Apollo 11 Silver Round has no mintage cap and is available to collectors and investors alike with individual protective flips, tubes of 20 rounds, or Master Boxes of 500 rounds.
Another private American mint, the North American Mint offers its own unique remembrance of the accomplishments of Apollo 11 with a beautifully crafted series of 1 oz silver rounds that offer eight different designs tracking the mission from liftoff on Merritt Island, Florida, to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The Apollo 11 mission lasted eight days, and the North American Mint silver round series captures each step of this remarkable journey on beautiful .999 pure silver blanks. The designs in the series include:
All of the silver rounds in the North American Mint Apollo 11 Series share a common reverse design that depicts an American bald eagle landing on the surface of the moon with an olive branch in its talons. Also based on the Apollo 11 mission patch, this design includes engravings of “Apollo 11,” “1969 – 2019,” and mirrored engravings on the top and bottom of “One Ounce,” as well as mirrored engravings on the left and right of “.999 Fine Silver.”
The North American Mint Apollo 11 silver rounds have a limited mintage of just 5,000 per design. Each round is individually housed within an Air-Tite protective capsule and features a unique serial number engraved on the outer edge. Finally, these rounds are proof-like specimens with frosted design reliefs and mirrored backgrounds.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the Native American Mint also issued a series of silver for sale. The Native American Mint struck three separate silver coins unrelated to one another, but all focusing on the achievement of NASA and the Apollo 11 crew. Two of the coins were struck for sovereign tribal nations in the United States, while a third coin was issued for the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue. Details of all three releases include:
The United States Mint also offers a commemorative series of gold and silver bullion coins for purchase to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The US Mint has a wide array of coins available, but the primary collection consists of brilliant silver and gold bullion coins. All five of these commemorative bullion issues shares the same obverse and reverse design. Each coin is a curved specimen with a convex reverse face and a concave obverse.
On the obverse side of all coins is the image of an astronaut’s footprint on the moon’s surface. This is accompanied by engravings of “Mercury, Gemini, Apollo” and four phases of the moon depicted. Other markings include “In God We Trust,” “Liberty,” “2019,” and the “P” mint mark of the Philadelphia Mint for silver coins, or the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint for the gold coins.
The reverse face of the US Mint Apollo 11 Series coins includes the recreated image of a photo Buzz Aldrin took on the moon’s surface. Looking into his own visor, the photo captures the reflecting of the American flag, the Eagle lunar lander, and Neil Armstrong standing in the distance. You can also see Aldrin’s shadow. The helmet and visor Aldrin wears frame the entire design on this side.
The United States Mint’s five primary coins include the following:
Unique mintage figures were set for each of the various Apollo 11 American Silver and Gold Coins. The 1 oz silver coins had a mintage of 400,000 across the US Mint’s celebratory 1 oz silver lineup. The 5 oz silver coin had a mintage of 100,000 across the product lineup. The two $5 gold coins, each of which contained 8.359 Grams (.2687 Troy oz) of actual gold content, had mintage caps of 50,000 across the product lineup.
All of the coins from the United States Mint feature individual capsules and a US Mint display box, along with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The United States Mint isn’t the only major national mint producing silver coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful trip to the Moon. The Perth Mint issued its own commemorative proof coin in honor the achievement and to note the nation’s contributions to televising the event live to viewers around the world.
The 2019 1 oz Australian Anniversary of the Moon Landing Silver Coin is a Brilliant Uncirculated specimen that is available with individual protective plastic capsules and a limited mintage of just 50,000 coins. The coins feature 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and have a commemorative design on the reverse.
That reverse design on the Australian Anniversary of the Moon Landing Silver Coin includes one of the iconic footprints left by the spacesuits of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong pressed into the surface of the Moon. Included on the barren surface of the Moon is the Eagle lunar landing module. Inscriptions on this face include “Moon Landing 1969-2019” and the “P” mint mark of the Perth Mint.
On the obverse of the coins is the latest effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Based on Jody Clark’s fifth-generation Royal Mint of England design, this right-profile relief is the sixth-generation Australian effigy of the Queen and the first since 1966 to include her neckline and shoulders in the portrait. She wears the Royal Diadem crown, earrings, and the Victorian coronation necklace.
Also offering an Australian commemorative coin for the 50th anniversary is the sovereign Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. The sovereign mint issued the same design on two separate proof silver coins, one with a black-nickel plating and the other as a standard silver proof with a colorized finish on a portion of the reverse design element. The latter silver proof was offered only in a two-coin set collaboration between the Royal Australian Mint and United States Mint featuring a cupro-nickel silver-clad US one-dollar coin.
The 2019 1 oz Proof Australian Lunar Landing Domed Black Nickel-Plated Silver Coin is available from the Royal Australian Mint with a black presentation case and Certificate of Authenticity. Each coin and case ship inside of a themed-shipper with a depiction of the Moon and the phrase “One Giant Leap for Mankind.” The coins feature a limited mintage of 10,000 specimens and contain 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
Both sides of the Proof Australian Lunar Landing Coin have a black-nickel plating that reflects the darkness of space beyond our planet. The coins are domed products with a convex, 3D reverse surface and a concave obverse field. On the reverse of the coins is the image of astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon with his footprints leading back to the Eagle lunar landing sitting on the surface. In the background, planet Earth shines brightly with beautiful colorization and the rotation focused on the Australian continent.
The obverse field of the 2019 Proof Australian Lunar Landing Domed Coin includes a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II in a small circular field in the lower portion of the design. The majority of the design field is dedicated to the Parkes radio antenna pointed at the Moon. This antenna was used to collect the video feed from the NASA Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon to transmit around the globe to a viewing audience estimated around 500,000 in July 1969.
In a secondary release, the Royal Australian Mint teamed with the United States Mint to release a two-coin set. The RAM contribution to this set is the same coin design mentioned above, but lacking the black-nickel plating. That coin is offered in the set alongside the US Mint’s $1 (USD) curpro-nickel silver-clad dollar coin from its own Apollo 11 release series. This coin is a domed specimen as well, with a convex reverse and concave obverse.
On the obverse of that US Mint Apollo 11 50th Anniversary coin is the image of an astronaut’s footprint on the lunar surface with the words “Mercury, Gemini,” Apollo” inscribed along the top rocker with four phases of the Moon depicted. The reverse of the US Mint silver-clad dollar coin includes the image of Armstrong, the lunar lander, and the American flag on the Moon’s surface as captured in the visor of Buzz Aldrin.
The RAM-US Mint two-coin set is available to you inside of a beautiful two-coin presentation box that features a Certificate of Authenticity bearing the seals of both the Royal Australian Mint and the United States Mint. The set has a limited mintage of just 10,000 in total.
Britain’s private, family-owned Pobjoy Mint issued its own Apollo 11 commemorative coins in 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the NASA mission. The Pobjoy Mint offered two distinct designs, with one featuring on a proof sterling silver coin, cupro-nickel proof-like coin, a titanium coin, and the other design released on two separate ultra-high-relief domed coins. The largest specimen is the most impressive of the collection.
The 2019 11 oz First Man on the Moon Silver Coin is the largest in the collection comes with the second design used on the ultra-high-relief domed specimens. The coins are individually encapsulated, come with a unique serial number, and are offered by Pobjoy Mint with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. The mintage limit is set at a very low 100 coins in total!
On the reverse of each 2019 11 oz First Man on the Moon Silver Coin is the image of an astronaut’s footprint in the lunar surface. This is accompanied by the Apollo 11 mission patch featuring an American eagle landing on the Moon and the official “meatball logo” of NASA. The latter logo is used with the special permission of NASA. There is an American flag in the center of the reverse field.
The ultra-high-relief domed finish of these coins brings the surface of the Moon to life. Each one has a textured finish that presents a dusty visual appearance and changes in elevation to the surface of the craters.
For the obverse face of the coins, there is a right-profile depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. This particular design is unique to the Pobjoy Mint and features inscriptions of “Elizabeth II,” “2019,” and “Ascension Island.” The coins have a face value of 11 Crowns and feature 11 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
Apollo 11 was the fifth crewed mission in the Apollo program and the first to ever set mankind on another celestial body and return them safely to Earth. The Apollo 11 mission featured a three-man crew of Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong. The men lifted off from Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969, and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. The men returned with only the landing pod after departing Earth with a command module, support module, and Eagle lunar lander.
Whether you’re buying silver for the purity of the metal or collecting silver to mark the 50th anniversary of this impressive human achievement, these Apollo 11 silver products represent an excellent product offering. JM Bullion customers can help answer your questions on the phone at 800-276-6508, chat with you live online, or respond via email.