One small step continues. Pobjoy adds a domed silver coin to the commemorations

Our continuing showcase of all the new coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing continues with a new piece released today by the British Pobjoy Mint. Pobjoy have already issued a design in a choice of three metals – base, silver or titanium – but this one is a far more ambitious piece. Available only in fine silver, this has a completely different design.

Also issued for the remote Ascension Island, this latest proof coin ups the weight to two-ounces, but because it’s a piedfort coin, maintains the same diameter of 38.6 mm that a 1oz coin would have. Part of the reason for this is quite simple – this is an ultra high relief strike and a domed one. The elements chosen to represent the event will be very familiar to those following our coverage of coins issued for the event. The lunar surface, US flag, and the iconic footprint are almost ubiquitous in their representation, but Pobjoy have also added the Apollo 11 patch and the NASA logo

The obverse is the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II you would expect of a coin issued for a British Overseas Territory, but Pobjoy’s own effort, instead of the usual versions. Packaging comprises a black box with a certificate enclosed within and the coin sells for £175.50 plus tax. An interesting addition with some good levels of relief, it’s available to buy now from the Pobjoy website. We’ll try to get some actual coin images when they’re available as the current images likely don’t do the coin justice.



Anyone on planet Earth at the time will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on 20th July 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface uttering the words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.  Pobjoy Mint is therefore delighted to announce the release of stunningly unique Ultra High Relief and Domed coin to mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most historic events of our time.

This spectacular and unusual Ultra High Relief and Domed coin replicate the surface of the moon with its rough terrain and craters rising from the surface. The coin also includes the famous footprint left on the moon’s surface along with the flag of the United States of America.  We were also delighted to be given special permission by NASA to include the ‘meatball’ logo and the Apollo 11 Crew Patch. The obverse of the coin features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

With its direct link to the Apollo 11 Mission, it is particularly apt that this coin is being released on behalf of the Government of Ascension Island.  Devil’s Ashpit on the eastern side of Ascension Island made a perfect site to build a NASA tracking station.  With volcanic peaks surrounding the site it provided a natural shield against radar and other interference from elsewhere on the island.  Originally constructed in 1965 to support the earlier Surveyor missions, it also supported the later deep space and Apollo manned missions and tracked Apollo 11 on its flight from the Earth to the Moon.


One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind. With these words, astronaut Neil Armstrong opened up the next phase in human exploration by stepping from the Apollo 11 lunar lander onto the surface of the Moon. Joined 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin, and watched overhead by designated driver, Michael Collins, this was an event that was watched around the world with absolute admiration.

It was July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC that the lunar module Eagle touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, and six hours later Armstrong set foot on the surface. Along with Aldrin, they spent around 135 minutes walking on the lunar surface and collected a little more than 21 kg of material to return to Earth. Including their time in the module, they spent 21½ hours on the Moon.

The mission to the Moon was called Apollo 11, and started with the launch of a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, on 16 July at 13:32 UTC and was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program. The Apollo spacecraft was constructed around three basic parts. A command module was the living and control space for the three astronauts, and was the only part that splashed back down to Earth in the Pacific Ocean on July 24 after more than eight days in space. The service module supplied the command module with power and propulsion, and the lunar module landed on the Moon surface (The Eagle has landed) and returned the two walkers back to the command module.

One of the first major events that was broadcast live around the world, the landing affirmed the United States as the victor in the Space Race against the Soviet Union, after being beaten by the Communist superpower in the race to get a man into orbit some years previously. There were just five further manned landings on the Moon, the last in 1972, and amazingly, there weren’t even any unmanned landings between 1976 and the end of 2013. Conspiracy theories abound about the truth of the landings, of course, most complete nonsense, but it happened and this fantastic achievement will be heavily commemorated this year. (Source: Wikipedia)

DENOMINATION 1 Crown (Ascension Island)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.21 grams
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high-relief, domed
BOX / COA Yes / Yes