2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins Launch

by Darrin Lee Unser on January 24, 2019 · 149 comments

Arguably one of the most anticipated coin programs of the decade debuts today, Jan. 24, with the launching of the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins.

2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins

Several U.S. Mint images of 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins

Interest in the coins stem not only from their subject matter, but also their unique design features and specifications. Seven different Apollo 11 coins and one special Kennedy half-dollar have been minted. They launch at noon EST.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins include proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins, silver dollars, clad half dollars and a first for the U.S. Mint — a proof five-ounce silver dollar with a reeded edge and a curved shape. In fact, the dome shape carries through to the other six Apollo 11 coins as does basic design elements.

Of note, the silver dollars are struck from 99.9% pure silver. This is a change from previous silver commemoratives which were produced from 90% silver.

As an added incentive for collectors, also available at noon is a limited-edition 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Half Dollar Set containing a 2019-S Proof Apollo 11 Half Dollar and a 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof Kennedy Half Dollar that recognizes the relationship between President Kennedy and the American space program.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof Half Dollar Set

U.S. Mint image of its Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof Half Dollar Set — one of the Mint products commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon

Both of the set’s 50-cent pieces were minted at the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco.

Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Law and Coin Designs

Congress authorized the coins with the passage of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The Act became Public Law 114–282 when it was signed by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016.

As part of the law, Congress dictated the coins be issued "in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon" and to have a unique curved shape similar to the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemoratives.

2014-P Proof National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins are curved in shape similar to the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. Shown: A CoinNews photo of a 2014-P Proof National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar.

Also, Congress required a competition to come up with the coins’ shared obverse (heads side) design. Belfast, Maine artist Gary Cooper won from among candidates unveiled in October 2017. Cooper’s design features a booted footprint on the lunar surface. Surrounding the image are phases of the Moon which separate the inscriptions of MERCURY, GEMINI, and APOLLO — all NASA space exploration projects.

U.S. Mint Photo of 2019-P Proof Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar Obverse

This U.S. Mint photo by Jill Westeyn was taken Dec. 13, 2018 during an Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin ceremonial striking event at Philadelphia. It shows the obverse (heads side) of a proof Apollo 11 Silver Dollar.

IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 2019 are also inscribed along with the appropriate mintmark, Cooper’s initials, and the initials of U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver Joseph Menna.

Each coin also has a common reverse. The general design was outlined in Public Law 114-282 with candidates reviewed in June 2017.

Buzz Aldrin on moon

Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon. His helmet visor shows a reflection of the U.S. flag and the lunar lander

Engraved by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the design depicts a representation of a close-up of the famous ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken July 20, 1969. It shows part of Aldrin’s helmet with its reflection of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander on the surface of the moon.

U.S. Mint Photo of 2019-P Proof Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar Reverse

This U.S. Mint photo by Jill Westeyn was taken Dec. 13, 2018 during an Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin ceremonial striking event at Philadelphia. It shows the reverse (tails side) of a proof Apollo 11 Silver Dollar.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the denomination of the coin appear around the scene.

U.S. Mint images of all seven Apollo 11 coins are presented in this article.

Apollo 11 Coin Specifications

Specifications for the coins issued in the Apollo 11 series are as follows:

  $5 Gold Coin Silver Dollar 50c Clad $1 Silver Five Ounce
Finish Proof and Uncirculated Proof and Uncirculated Proof and Uncirculated Proof
Composition 90% Gold, 6% Silver, Balance Copper 99.9% Silver 8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper 99.9% Silver
Weight 8.359 Grams 26.73 Grams 11.34 Grams 5 Ounces
Diameter 0.850 Inches 1.500 Inches 1.205 Inches 3 Inches

 

Associated Products

In related products, the U.S. Mint is offering the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Engraved Three-Print Collection from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing — the agency responsible for printing U.S. currency. As part of the collection, the print entitled Mission launches today for $20.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Engraved Print Collection

The BEP’s Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Engraved Print Collection

Buyers may also subscribe to the complete three-print collection which includes Mission and the upcoming prints of The Eagle Has Landed and Giant Leap.

In addition, a joint United States Mint and Royal Australian Mint Apollo 11 set will include a U.S. Apollo 11 half-dollar and an Australian Moon Landing $5 silver coin. The set’s details and release date are yet to be announced.

Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Pricing and Limits

Pricing of the Apollo 11 products are presented in the chart below:

  Introductory Price Regular Prices** Mintage Limit Product Limit Household Order Limit
2019-W Proof $5 Gold Coin $418.75* * 50,000 None 1
2019-W Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin $408.75* 1
2019-P Proof Silver Dollar $54.95 $59.95 400,000 100
2019-P Uncirculated Silver Dollar $51.95 $56.95 100
2019-S Proof Clad Half Dollar $27.95 $32.95 750,000 None
2019-D Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar $25.95 $30.95 None
2019-S Proof Half Dollar Set N/A $53.95 100,000 5
2019-P Proof $1 Five Ounce Silver Coin $224.95 $229.95 100,000 None 5

 

*Gold coin prices are set according to the U.S. Mint’s pricing matrix and they can change weekly. **Regular pricing goes into effect on Feb. 25, 2019 at 3 p.m. EST.

Surcharges

As outlined by their authorizing law, Apollo 11 product prices includes surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar, $5 for each half-dollar, and $50 for each five-ounce silver coin.

The collected funds, as long as the coins turn a profit, will be distributed between the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum’s Destination Moon exhibition; the Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Ordering

Beginning at Noon ET, the U.S. Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.

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Tim Thomas

I think I’ll have to pass on these because of the high mintages. Once the hype is over and a few years go by, I don’t think there will be any value in these coins.

Mark Rigaud

Thank you, one less competitor, I’m getting mine!

Tim Thomas

I do change my mind sometimes! 😯

joe#2

Pass here as well. The graded gold 70’s will be well over $600.00 probably. They should’ve made the gold .9999 because this year they made the silver .999. The only commemorative (s) of interest to me, Were the 2016 mercury dime, standing quarter as well as the walking half. Good luck who pick these up.

Kevin Balka

I’ll buy the silver proof, but for the price of gold piece I can buy a nice proof/MS IHC, Morgan, Early Commemorative, etc. Overall, Spending over $400 on a modern seems counter intuitive to what I collect.

Chris

I will pass on these as well. Don’t really care for space coins. Too much hype as well. Will look forward the the Reverse Palladium and Gold liberty $100 coin later this year.

Russ Crook

The 5 oz. is so unique, that I think I’ll get one. Yes, it’s pricey, but $50 goes to a good cause, and it had to be a challenge to produce. I expect it to be pretty spectacular looking.

sam

what do people think will be the order of popularity/sell-out? or are all mintages too high for sell out

Rooster

I would expect the gold to sell out first followed by the five ounce silver. The half dollar set would be next for the collectors that will need the Kennedy. The one ounce should sell out at a later time since it is early in the year. I don’t expect the individual half to move much.

MJS

I would say the half dollar set will sell out quickly for sure because of the Kennedy half. The gold may sell out but I doubt the others will.

J Peter

I believe for sure the gold will sell out no problem at all. As for the rest….? Mintage’s are too high. Maybe the 5oz will sell out. Gold for sure will be gone in minutes.

J Peter

I think because of the many options that are being launched of this coin I predict the mint’s site will crash!
I like the gold and the 5 oz, but I think the 5 oz is overpriced. The clad is also really overpriced! Sheesh! 😐

BrianM

I agree. I bought a gold proof and a proof silver dollar. I wanted the 5 oz but it was overpriced. And the Kennedy clad set is insanely over priced.

michael

Why is the two coin set clad?

gary

5 oz silver on backorder 12:15

Christopher Williams

What a ride on the US Mint website today!!!

I bet a ton of people gave up when they realized the website had difficulty handling the traffic, but I stuck in there and got the coins I wanted.

The 5 oz coin is already on Back Order.

Rich

5 oz sold out in 6 min got two of those barely ….and two half dollar sets. 100k mintages for both those

Gerald Ward

And as per usual …the web site is hammered and nothing can be bought. They really should allow people to sign up ahead of time to order these things and start filling orders when they go live. If the number signed up exceeds the limit, initiate a random lottery. This is not rocket science (apollo pun intended).

michael

There is plenty still available, just not the 5 OZ AG

Thirsty1

The 5oz. Silver coins are gone at 12:22 pm. Shows on backorder…

sam

backorder isnt the same as sold out though right? just means shipping later

Thirsty1

Yes, I think you are correct.

Christopher Williams

Someone here mentioned “all of the hype.”

What is wrong with a little hype. With all of the stress in life these days, I find the “hype” fun.

Mark Glass

I agree. Bit of a waste of money – but fun. Shouldn’t expect to just make money, buying this stuff. It’s not the US Gift.

I would like to see that everyone that wanted something, got it though. I suspect the mint might not like that. All the time there’s the demand, they can charge premium.

Christopher Williams

Exactly, Mark.

I got a confirmed order for the Gold Proof and five each of the 5 OZ and the Two-Coin set.

Been a fun afternoon.

And a big “thank you” to Darrin for posting this discussion and to the entire Coin News staff which gives us collectors an outlet.

Christopher Williams

I received an email from a company called “Monument Metals” and they offered me $75.00 above the US Mint price for the maximum number of five coins on the 5 OZ Coin.

Anyone ever heard of them?

Rooster

Never heard of them but sounds like a good flip considering some of the fees you would pay selling yourself on eBay. I hope someone who knows who they are comments here.

Jon

MM is a bullion and coin dealer in Maryland. Ordered through them a couple of times, and had good transactions. Got the email also.

Christopher Williams

At 12:36 PM EST the website looks to be running smoothly.

The Gold Coins are still available.

c_q

30 mins in, everything seems to be available except 5oz on backorder (which doesn’t mean not available, just means you will wait a pretty good while to get it).

initially web site was impossibly slow, then it improved to just barely usable.

Danny

Hi all,

It’s 12:30pm and the only coins on back order are the 5 oz. lunar saucers of which five will be flying my way, I also purchased both $5 gold coins and five of the half dollar proof sets. It feels like Christmas Eve (January, 24th) all over again, I see eBay presale prices are going to the moon!

joe#2

True Dan, But after awhile, They will be coming down to Earth.

Danny

We are still six months away from the 50 year anniversary date of July 20th, the news media hype hasn’t even started yet, it should be quite the site this summer. If they mint more of the 5 oz. coins then prices will come crashing down to Earth. When the public goes to their local coin dealer and sees how spectacular and unusual these 5 oz. proof silver craters look with a smashed down (Low/High Relieve) 3-D Buzz Aldrin footprint inside, I think they will fly off the shelves, everyone will want one or two…

Rich

Mike Meezak will be selling the 5oz coin for $699 in feb

Christopher Williams

Maybe sooner, Rich. The next HSN coin show I believe is this upcoming weekend.

joe#2

I love some of the broads on from HSN with Mike that pretend to know the first thing about coins.

Lunar tunes

Thirsty 2

Mizak truly is the coin king when you consider the large orders hsn places with the mint. Over 10% of mintage bought by HSN. w/o Mike game is over.

Rich

Oooh great, he will have 2,756 of them.

michael

That guy is out of his mind.

joe#2

Mike, He can sell ice to the Eskimos…People eat it up…

Jersey John

I hate that he obscures the truth selling silver clad Kennedy halves as “secret silver”. He’s representing these as coin silver and selling at 4 times melt. The guy makes so many bogus claims that it infuriates me.

Rooster

He is making more off coinage than the US Mint. Hats off to him for his success. Shame on those who are duped so easily.

Christopher Williams

Mezack’s “First Day Of Issue” crap is laughable.

sam tweedy

Mike Mezack can sell this junk!!! Repeat Repeat Repeat!!!

Rooster

Hats off to everyone who got in. I bought the baseball curved coins and thought they were great. If these luner coins had not been curved, I would have passed.

Christopher Williams

I’m with you, Rooster. The fact that they are the first curved 5 oz makes it special IMHO.

Rooster

Also a first in proof finish and reeded edge.

Rooster

I thought the gold would sell out first. The five ounce on back order is hinting as a sell out. Looks like the 1 coin limit on the gold is working to give everyone a chance to acquire.

Christopher Williams

I also thought the Gold coins would sell out first. It’s good to see that anyone who wants one, can get it.

I had no doubt that the 5 oz would be in heavy demand.

chuck

No doubt about the 5 oz either. The mint must have had doubts since the 5 oz went to a back order so fast and a May 1, 2019 date. I would have thought they would have already minted most (close to the 100k). Wonder how many of the gold they minted since they are not on back order.?

Rooster

That is a tough question. The gold mintage is 50,000 across all options so my guess is there is a minimum if any that have been punched out. Guessing there will be a low to mid 30’s mintage for the proof and the rest uncirculated.

Richard Margolis

I thought that the set, including the reverse proof kennedy would sell out as it is limited to 100k

Tim Thomas

I did some research on the Baseball Hall of Fame coins, and it took 4 days for the gold coins to sell out. It took a few more days for the silver coins to sell out. I think the Apollo 11 coins will sell out too, but will take maybe a week. I changed my mind and bought some.

Gardener

Confirmed order for the Gold Proof, 5 oz Silver Proof, but had problems when placing order from the Mint on line. Page wouldn’t update order , caused delay and had to start over. But it ended well and have a confirmed order, we’ll see what happens down the the road. Thanks to all those that make comments here, not an expert but enjoy hearing what others have to say.

RonnieBGood

It is 1:25 pm est and that gold $5 coins are easily available with a fast functioning Web site! The cost of $423.70 delivered for the proof is a bit steep for January (just after Christmas). Still, hats off to the Mint on this one!

Domenic

Bought the 2 coin set just to get that Kennedy half dollar since its mintage should be 100,000 or less. It was smart of the mint to pair it up with the apollo coin since i normally dont buy non silver clad commemoratives anymore. Also bought 1 of the uncirculated dollars. Anyone been noticing that as of the last few years its is the uncirculated that usually ends up with lower mintages on many coins?

Andy

The Kennedy half is interesting, and I am getting a couple for my Kennedy collection. At 50 bucks, these are reasonable gifts for two nephews with July birthdays if the price stagnates, and if they shoot up in price I can still flip them before July.

paul chiu

The proof gold coin at 8g of gold is priced well above $2,100 an ounce.
That’s nuts.

Michael

I did the math, and I get the proof gold coin priced at $1731.80 per troy ounce, and that is after accounting for the fact that the coin is only 90% gold. How did you come up with a figure well above $2100?

chuck

Still closer % wise (to bullion value) compared to the silver ones-45 per oz for the 5 oz or the $50 plus per oz for the silver $1 one oz. They really do like to take advantage of silver coin collectors. But at least one person believes silvers price, someday, will exceed golds.

Jon

1/4 oz of gold in each coin for $418.75 x 4 = $1675/ oz., before shipping.

Jon

oops…was a gram off on the total gold weight…still, around $1700

Danny

I come up with $1695 an ounce, or $104 above spot per proof coin, that is about a 32% mark-up, but remember some of that is for a worthy Endeavor, pun intended. This is just a ballpark figure so don’t beat me over the head if I’m off a little. We might loss money but the coins will be great to look at and enjoy. I’m sure the average collector will think they are very cool. Spot gold is currently trading at $1279 (bid). Remember the US Mint overcharges for everything and there is no way to go around them,… Read more »

Rooster

The mint is making a mint for sure.

I looked at that as well and thought it was closer to $1700. The current gold to silver ratio on the market is 1285/15.3 or about 84/1. The gold Apollo vs the 1 oz Apollo is approximately 30/1.

Bottom line IMHO is the silver Apollo is priced much higher than the gold Apollo for the metal content.

LeblancSH

1 troy ounce is 31.1 gram. $420/8g X 31.1g = $1,632 per ounce.

Chas Barber

I got 5 5z’er & 1 of each gold, disappointed NO SELLOUT on anything, or a CU even! The 5z will sell out, when is the ? The price is exhorbanant ! (sp) The clad set, didn’t get don’t care Homie don’t care or do clad……. The golds will sell out ASAP after the HH limit @1 is lifted- TOMORROW!!!

Chris

The coin that will sell out under a minute will be the Reverse proof Palladium eagle coiming out later this year!

Chas Barber

LIkely, I did not flip the ’18, we’lll see if I lo$t $$. This one may cost $2,000…..

J Peter

No, it will take at least 3 mins! The Mint site can’t handle the Heat! 😛

Seth Riesling

I too thought the gold coins & 5 oz. coin would sell out today. But, i guess the household limits are keeping a sellout from happening on the first day of issue. I got these curved coins since I like the design & history behind them & since I have the 2014 baseball curved coins.

Happy Collecting everyone!

NumisdudeTX

Christopher Williams

Nice to hear from you, Seth.

I, too, think the HouseHold limits gave everyone the opportunity to get one today.

I’m sure we’ll see Mike “Sold Out, Limited Edition” Mezack hawking them this weekend for ridiculous amounts of money.

J Peter

Yeah, I’m shocked the gold has not sold out yet… Well give it another day or so, but I’m really shocked so many people here bought 5 of the 5oz-ers! Wow, that was a surprise and even at the inflated price! I got one of each of the gold and 2 of the 5oz-ers. I thought that was nuts of me.
The mint site now states May 1st on the back order of those 5oz-ers now.

Christopher Williams

When the order limit is removed tomorrow (01/24) at noon, the Gold coins I predict will sell out, as will the Two-Coin Set.

I’ll be very curious to see what’s available by tomorrow evening.

KC&SO

I’ll be very curious to see what Error coins may reside with the 5 oz’ers.., a bunch have been cranked out quickly since Nov ‘18.

& how many 5 oz’ers are shipped out in the first batch (prior to the BO Flag).., this may have $5’s BHoF in May ‘14 in the making.., just a thought,

Drew

Did ANYONE out there , who bought the 5 oz pucks, NOT get a backorder message?

KC&SO

Puck orders placed during BO show ‘Processing’ and NO BO message received. They’ll be CU by 12:05 EST tomorrow..,

Best Modern design and Comm theme in decades..,

Sherril

Mine says they have already shipped.

Rooster

Good and valid point. I recall ordering the $5 baseball hall of fame coin shortly after noon when they went on sale and it came well over 30 days later. Should have been FS or ER eligible but did not qualify do to the mints short comings.

Christopher Williams

Looks like I was WRONG on both fronts.

Rodney

If I am not mistaken, isn’t this the first ever “enhanced” “reverse proof” Kennedy? They’ve made enhanced and reverse proof but never one called a “enhanced reverse proof” as far as I can tell? Perhaps I am mistaken about that but I figured that the proof set would have sold out immediately just for the Kennedy halve that is in it. The website was really slow at 12:00 noon and I admit that I was panicking since I have every Kennedy coin ever struck and wanted to get the latest one at mint price. It seems that was a wayyyyy… Read more »

John

Is the kennedy half in this set unique or just from a proof set over run

Rodney

it’s very unique. The only way to get the coin from the mint is to get this set. I think it may be unique and a first in design as well since it is touted as being both “enhanced” and also a “reverse proof” as well.

Rodney

I should have used the words “a first in “finish”” instead of “design”. Big difference!

Andy

It looks like the Kennedy is a unique finish, to go along with the zillions of finishes issued in 2014. At 100,000, only the 1998 matte finish will have a lower mintage, while recent unique finishes have about 200,000.

I find the Kennedy series of large coins with a variety of designs, metal content and finishes the most interesting of the current run of circulating coins. Hopefully the mint will produce some Kennedys for circulation again, 50 cents isn’t much for kids today, and offering newly struck halves at face value might increase collector interest.

c_q

OK maybe I’m a little crazy, but I’d rather like to see some of the clad ones sold loose (non-encapsulated). Seems like half the fun is holding a curved coin in your hands and freaking out your non-coin friends (look I bent this coin with my bare hands!).

KC&SO

Mr. Unser,

Any chance of a 1st day sales update?
Thanks much!

Gary Colon

Purchased and Confirmed 3 Five Once Coins…then at 6:30 PM received notice from Mint that my order shipped today!. Elite membership with NGC so submitted all 3 for Grading based on required criteria for “1st Day of Issue” pedigree and including all documents needed. Stay Tune.folks

Seth Riesling

Modern Coin Mart sent out an e-mail today offering pre-sale on all these coins graded by NGC. They are asking $849 for MS-70 or PF-70 on the $5 gold coins. Such a deal!! LOL.
Mike Mezack on HSN will probably ask $1,000 or more for his ANACS graded junk as his typical ripoff for uneducated viewers. Sad!

Hello Christopher Williams!

Glad you got the coins you wanted on this historic commemorative coin program.

NumisdudeTX

Christopher Williams

Thank you, Seth!!!

I, too, am curious to see what Mike “Sold Out, Limited Edition” Mezack sells various the Apollo 11 coins for graded by ANACS (who?).

Andy

Who are these know nothings that fall hook, line and sinker for graded modern mint product? Do they realize that proof sets sell for as little as $2 each, and a wide array of commemorative silver dollars are available for less than $20? They belive Mike’s crap that the latest “MS70” mint product, with a snazzy label offers the best value when it is resold at three to four times last week’s mint issue price.

KC&SO

Seth, recall from the past you seemed to be rather dial-ed in to the inner workings of the USM.., any thoughts on when we may see the RAM offering, and what it may consist of?
Thanks,

J Peter

Hey All,
I just got an email from the Mint saying they just shipped my 5oz coins!
Holy Crap, how about that?!

KC&SO

Email notification received that my 5 oz’er Pucks have shipped – well, which really means a tracking number has been assigned and UPS will pick up tomorrow afternoon.., may have in hand by Monday or Tuesday.

May also venture over to Mint HQ and see if any Lunars are available there..,

J Peter

That’s right. UPS will pick up tomorrow, and probably get it Monday or Tuesday also.
I just checked and now my gold coins also just shipped. Same deal, label created and hopefully get it all on Monday or Tuesday.

KC&SO

Anyone go to D.C. HQ kiosk, Philly, or Denver today to see if any Lunars were available?

Snag any?

Christopher Williams

Well, I just got disappointed.

Even though I ordered my Five 5-Ounce Coins and Five 2-Coin Sets at 12:04PM, it looks as though the 5-Ounce Coins I ordered are on “Back Order.” Very disappointing.

Barb

Happened to me too – Five ounce coin appeared to be in stock when I purchased but order has just shipped with the 5 ounce ones missing – on backorder. Disappointed!!!!

Christopher Williams

Me, too, Barb, but that’s okay. I’ll be getting them eventually.

sam

i wonder how many 5oz coins made the first shipment before backorder? possibly the early release designation could have some value in this case (of course unjustifiably, but meaning there is an actual difference in delivery times, vs with the palladium, anybody who wanted to could have had early release cause all orders were delivered within the early release window)

smuglr

Is there possibility the later 5 oz will have minor varience from the first minted?

Rooster

Looks like the dies could be changed after approximately 100 coins for the 5 oz. Check the link I just recently posted from Coin World.

Rooster

100 coins was based on 1000 pair of dies. In the video it is stated 500-700.

smuglr

Also looks like the engravings might be sold out?

Rooster

I saw that too. Subscription price was $17.

Christopher Williams

I enrolled in the Engravings at $17.00 a pop. I believe they were Sold Out yesterday.

highlander

Anyone know about the upcoming us mint “rocketship” in February???? Could find no info on it. Is it a coin shaped like a rocket?

Rooster

This is an interesting read from Coin World regarding the process for minting these coins. https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2018/12/us-mint-details-apollo-11-coin-production-challenges.html

Seth Riesling

highlander –

The “Rocketship’ product is geared towards young numismatists (kids) & is packaging shaped like a space rocketship with a Apollo 11 clad half dollar. The Mint seems to think, erroneously, that the “low price” (over $25) will appeal to kids on a budget even though the Mint’s past Young Collectors sets have not been that successful (the Girl Scouts set was a failure).

NumisdudeTX

highlander

Thank you Seth. Wish they made 5 oz silver rocket coin….that would be interesting.

Danny

Well it’s noon Friday and the HH order limit has been lifted on everything including the price of gold it’s up $17 this morning along with silver soaring 35 cents!

KC&SO

If we don’t see some BO’s/CU in the next 15 minutes.., I’ll have a real bad feeling about this..,

While I’m a collector first and foremost, I’d like to see my purchases maintain at least the premium over spot I paid.

MJS

I’ll be interested to see first day sales numbers. Does any one know if the Mint processes credit card charge on Back Order items when they are ordered or when they are shipped?

KC&SO

Shipped – one benefit of being BO, could be April or May before your CC is pinged.

MJS

Thanks – I’m a Gov worker so maybe I’ll be getting paid again by then….

Christopher Williams

They don’t charge your CC until it is shipped.

Christopher Williams

MJS, the mint will not charge your CC if your order is on “Back Order.”

I have five of the 5 OZ Coins on “Back Order” and my account reads “00.00” invoiced.

KC&SO

Thanks Mike!

Mike Unser
MJS

Thanks – very interesting. The Mint must have outsourced for some good analytics to predict sales. Looks like the flippers got burned.

Alexander Voda

I purchased 5 5oz. saucers, 5 half sets and 1 of each gold. I CERTAINLY didn’t get burned…

My goal was to be able to nearly pay for the golds by “flipping” saucers and halves.

Got pretty close…

MJS

Good luck flipping when they are still available from the mint and probably will be for a while

Alexander Voda

Yeah. Already sold them all. I’m good

Rooster

Appreciate this update.

Christopher Williams

Thank you, Mike, for the update.

Christopher Williams

I just received notification that my “Gold Proof Coin” shipped.

Christopher Williams

Just a theory, of course, but I am in my early 60’s and I remember the Apollo 11 mission quite vividly, so I’m thinking that the younger generation of collectors really have no interest in these coins.

Another theory being, too many US Mint products.

Richard

You could be right about the interest level. Certainly the 50th anniversary Kennedys went nowhere, as much of the country was born long ater the assassination. As for the second point I certainly agree–far, far too many. After a while it gets silly. Maybe we can’t go back to the time when they mint only had Unc. and proof sets each year, but we can learn from history. In the ’30s commemoratives got completely out of control and the whole system collapsed for decades. Cutting back to a reasonable output is what is needed (and get rid of the stupid… Read more »

Christopher Williams

I agree, Richard. There is a ton of US Mint product ahead this year.

I did purchase the first Innovation coins (2 rolls and five sets of the proof), but only because I enjoy owning the first of new items that come out. I won’t buy any more of them.

dirtcheap

I think the Kennedy Half Set will be the winner long term similar to the silver reverse proof set we shall see

Christopher Williams

I just received notification this morning that my five (5) sets of the Two-Coin Set have been shipped.

Christopher Williams

Mike “Sold Out, Limited Edition” Mezack was hawking the 5 OZ Coin for $599.99 on HSN ungraded.

Richard Margolis

How did he get the coins already. Does the Mint ship directly to HSN on the date of issue? I noticed that he was not selling the two coin set

Christopher Williams

Seth can probably answer that. He’s the man.