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    Commemorative Apollo 11 Silver Bullion Available from JM Bullion

    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!

    SilverTowne Silver Round

    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.

    North American Mint Silver Round Series

    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:

    • Liftoff: The Liftoff Silver Round is the first in the North American Mint Series as it offers a design of the Apollo 11 spacecraft lifting off from Merritt Island, Florida. This is the location of Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo 11 spacecraft consisted of three modules: the command module, support module, and lunar landing module. It was powered at liftoff by Saturn V rockets.
    • Eagle Landing: For the second step in the series, the North American Mint showcases the Eagle lunar lander as it approaches the surface of the moon. Aldrin and Armstrong descended to the moon’s surface from their lunar orbit to explore the planetary body and collect samples. In total, the men spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface.
    • One Small Step: Six hours after the Eagle lunar lander touched down, Neil Armstrong became the first man in human history to set foot on another planetary body when he descended the steps of the Eagle landing module and walked on the surface of the moon. As Armstrong’s feet first touched the lunar surface, he uttered the now-immortal phrase “That’s One Step for Man, and One Giant Leap for Mankind.” He was later joined by Buzz Aldrin.
    • The Crew: This design in the series offers left-profile portraits of all three men in the Apollo 11 crew. The men’s likenesses are captured above the moon’s surface with a footprint on the moon itself. Michael Collins was the command module pilot, Buzz Aldrin the lunar lander pilot, and Neil Armstrong was the mission commander.
    • Moment of Silence: The Eagle lunar lander targeted the Sea of Tranquility on the surface of the moon as its landing zone. Aldrin and Armstrong explored the surface in the Sea of Tranquility for several hours, and this design captures the moment that Buzz Aldrin requested a moment of silence in communications between the moon and mission control in Houston. The design captures Aldrin standing alone on the moon’s surface.
    • For All Mankind: One of the few reminders of mankind’s landing on the moon that was left behind by the Apollo 11 crew was the American flag. As the flag was planted, the crew reminded the world watching on TV feeds back on Earth that Apollo 11 “came in peace, for all mankind.”
    • Earthbound: Their mission on the moon’s surface over, the astronauts of Apollo 11 reconnected in the command module while in orbit around the moon. The command module’s rockets were used to propel the Apollo 11 craft around the moon to slingshot back toward Earth. This moment is captured on the obverse with the lunar surface visible below and Earth visible in the background.
    • Splash Down: 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds after lifting off from Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew and their landing pod splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th and were retrieved by members of a special US Navy recovery team. This moment is captured on the obverse of the design as rescue team members retrieve the astronauts from the landing pod.

    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.

    Native American Mint Silver Coins

    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:

    • Mesa Grande 50th Anniversary Coin – The 2019 1 oz Proof Mesa Grande 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Silver Coin features the Apollo 11 command module and Eagle lunar lander in orbit above the moon’s surface. The background field is brilliantly colorized with the vibrant colors of Earth visible in the distance as a comet streaks red hot across the darkness of space. An internal capsule within the coin contains rough diamonds, the exact kind that are created when comets strike the surface of the moon. The reverse features an American bald eagle. These coins are limited to 5,000 units with 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver and a face value of One Dollar (not legal tender) backed by the Mesa Grande tribal nation.
    • Jamul Moon Landing Curved Coin: The 2019 1 oz Proof Jamul Moon Landing Curved Silver Coin is a beautiful, domed coin with a convex reverse and concave obverse. The reverse field includes moon in the foreground with the colorized visual of planet Earth in the background. A flight path line in black tracks Apollo 11’s flight from Merritt Island, Florida, to the Sea of Tranquility on the surface of the moon. The obverse includes the American bald eagle landing on the surface of the moon. These coins are housed in capsules with a mint box and feature a Certificate of Authenticity. Each one contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver, features a mintage of 5,000 coins, and has a face value of One Dollar (not legal tender) issued by the Jamul Sovereign Nation.
    • Niue Silver Moon Landing Coin: The 2019 1 oz Niue Silver Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Proof Coin features a unique capsule within the coin that includes copper once used on the Statue of Liberty. The 15th anniversary of Apollo 11 coincided with a major restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Copper from the statue was used to make 2 replica statues that eventually went into space in 1985 with the Space Shuttle Discovery. One of those statues has since been dismantled and flecks of that copper are encapsulated within these silver coins. The obverse includes a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse features a footprint on the moon in the foreground, the American flag in the distance, and the cosmos beyond with brilliant colorization that includes planet Earth in the visuals.

    United States Mint Silver & Gold Coins

    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:

    • 1 oz Uncirculated Coin – $1 (USD)
    • 1 oz Proof Coin – $1 (USD)
    • 5 oz Proof Coin – $1 (USD)
    • $5 Uncirculated Gold Coin
    • $5 Proof Gold Coin

    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.

    Background on Apollo 11

    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.

    Celebrate this Landmark Achievement with Silver Bullion at JM Bullion

    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.