A new bullion coin in 1oz silver and 1oz gold is now available in limited quantities from the Perth Mint and it’s a copy of the latest Lucas Bowers designed proof coins that debuted just a couple of weeks ago. Celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing fifty years ago, it does, like most coins with this subject, use the footprint and lunar lander as prominent design elements. The obverse is the usual basic effigy of QEII, now by Jody Clark. The Perth Mint will be handling sales inside Australia, but everywhere else is covered by CNT, who have no retail outfit, so keep an eye on other bullion dealers to see who stocks it. It’s a hugely popular historical event, especially in the US, so we’re predicting availability won’t be an issue. Available now, each coin is supplied encapsulated.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: The successful landing of United States spacecraft Apollo 11’s Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon was watched by more than half a billion people in 1969. Humanity collectively held its breath as astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon’s surface, proclaiming, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”. The pulse of humanity rose as Apollo 11 was launched on 16 July 1969.
An estimated 600 million people across the world watched on TV – thanks in part to Australia’s CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra – as it made its successful flight to the Moon. The 1969 achievement of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, paved the way for continued development of advanced technology to explore Earth, the Moon, other planets and the distant reaches of space.
REVERSE: portrays a representation of the Lunar Module Eagle landing on the Moon behind a large footprint on the Moon’s surface. The design includes the inscription ‘MOON LANDING 1969-2019’, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.