Pobjoy Mint - Apollo 11 1 Crown Domed Coin

Anyone on planet Earth at the time will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on July 20, 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 are 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.

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.

Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and landed on the moon four days later on July 20. Having touched down on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility, the Space Center in Houston was notified with the historic words “The Eagle has landed.”

Six hours after landing Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface making his now-famous statement.

The planting of the United States Flag on the surface of the moon marked the US victory of the “Space Race” between the United States and the Soviet Union, which had begun in 1955. When the astronauts left the moon, not only were their footprints left as a permanent reminder of this occasion, but a special plaque was also left which stated “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We Came in Peace for All Mankind”.

This spectacular and unusual Ultra High Relief and Domed coin replicates 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. Pobjoy Mint was 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.

The coin, in 1oz Fine Silver Piedfort (2oz in total weight), will be available April 8.

Coin Specifications

Metal: Silver
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 62.21 g
Issue Limit: 650

Presentation

This Fine Silver coin is presented in an acrylic capsule and then packaged in a beautiful black box and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.


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