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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Dr. Buzz Aldrin Collection


By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….
Okay, so you collect pedigree coins and have a fairly nice assortment. Well, I might be going out on a limb here but I’m pretty sure you don’t have this one:

This 1923-S Peace dollar accompanied Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Normally, a 1923-S Peace dollar in this condition is worth melt, but with this kind of provenance it brought $31,070 in a Heritage coin auction in 2007. The Heritage auction description read:

Buzz Aldrin’s 1923-S Peace Silver Dollar Flown on the Moon Mission Aboard Apollo 11. This historic peace silver dollar flew to the moon with Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 as part of his Personal Preference Kit (PPK). The coin, minted forty years before Dr. Aldrin was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts in October 1963, must surely be one of the rarest peace dollars in existence. How many collectors can point to a 1923-S Peace Dollar that has been to the moon? The coin has been encapsulated (slabbed) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with the following wording: “1923 S S$1 / Flown On The Moon Mission / Apollo 11 – July 16-24, 1969 / Dr. Buzz Aldrin“. -From the personal collection of Dr. Buzz Aldrin, accompanied by a signed Letter of Authenticity from him.


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