Canada has added its voice to the celebrations of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins epic journey to, and landing on, our erstwhile satellite – the Moon. Now we’re not going to go over the event again, as we’ve done so numerous times in the multiple articles you can see in the toggled dropdown below, so lets jump straight to the coin itself.
The same design is employed for the ½oz fine gold and the 1oz fine silver versions, differing just in size and some inscriptions. Both have the same staid obverse carrying the usual Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse design doesn’t push any boundaries either. The astronaut in front of the lunar lander is a common choice for this new wave of modern coins, but despite that, this is a particularly fine effort in our view. A nice amount of fine detail, something sometimes lost on a domed strike, and a neat composition.
Packaging is standard Royal Canadian Mint fare, which is a shame given the subject matter. The RCM has produced some very high quality packaging over the years and it’s a shame it wasn’t employed for something as worthy of this. A box shaped like the landing leg end, which was designed and built in Canada, would have been a great choice. Available now, the $1400 gold variant has a mintage of just 700 pieces, while the $140 silver coin is more numerous at 5,500 pieces. The moon landing half-centenary has seen a surge in fine issues and this one easily takes its place amongst them.