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.
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.