The Perth Mint of Australia announced March 13 the launch of gold and silver bullion coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the Moon.
Struck in 1oz of 99.99% fine gold and silver, the pair of coins share designs that are emblematic of the historic event.
Australia played a key role in bringing the Apollo 11 lunar landing to homes around the world. CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales was one of three observatories chosen to receive TV signals from more than 350,000 kilometers away.
Shortly into its broadcast, NASA settled exclusively on the signal from Parkes for more than two hours of live television, enabling 600 million people globally to witness the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the Moon.
Designed by Lucas Bowers, coin reverses (tails side) offer a depiction of the Lunar Module Eagle landing on the Moon behind a large footprint on the Moon’s surface. Inscriptions above the scene include "MOON LANDING 1969-2019" and The Perth Mint’s "P" mintmark.
Obverses (heads side) show Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with surrounding inscriptions of ‘ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA," the year "2019" and the coin’s weight, fineness and denomination.
Moon Landing Bullion Coin Specifications
|Gold Coin||Silver Coin|
|Composition:||.9999 fine gold||.9999 fine silver|
|Weight:||31.107 g||31.107 g|
|Diameter:||32.600 mm||40.600 mm|
|Thickness:||2.800 mm||3.210 mm|
Each bullion coin is presented in a protective acrylic capsule.
Australian buyers can order the bullion coins from www.perthmintbullion.com. Buyers outside of Australia are directed to check for the coins’ availability from worldwide bullion dealers.