Ordering opened Monday, May 6, for the joint Royal Australian Mint and United States Mint product containing a 2019 Apollo 11 clad half dollar and a 2019 $5 Moon Landing 1oz silver coin.
Limited to a set mintage of 10,000 pieces, both of the included coins are domed shaped, struck in collector proof finish, and commemorate the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the Moon.
The historic feat happened on July 20, 1969. With the assistance of Australia’s CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, millions around the world watched Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin, Jr. walk on the Moon.
The Lunar landing set has a half dollar from the U.S. Mint’s collection of 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins which launched on Jan. 24. The curved 50-cent piece features an obverse with a footprint on the lunar surface and a reverse depicting a close-up of the iconic "Buzz Aldrin on the Moon" photograph.
The half dollar is paired with a curved Australian $5 silver coin. The $5 obverse shows the Ian-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, the moon, and selections of Apollo 11 transcripts.
Its reverse depicts an Apollo 11 astronaut, the lunar module Eagle, and Earth in color.
Specifications of Coins in Lunar Landing Set
|U.S. Mint 50c||Australian $5|
|Composition||8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper||0.999 Fine Silver|
|Weight||11.34 Grams||1 Ounce|
|Diameter||1.205 Inches / 30.61 mm||1.560 Inches / 39.62 mm|
Price and Ordering
Priced at AUD $195.00 and for international orders at AUD $177.27 (~US $124), the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing Two Coin Set is available from the Royal Australian Mint’s shopping site, found here.
The U.S. Mint 2019 Proof Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Half Dollar is also available separately for US $32.95, or about AUD $47. Order it from the U.S. Mint’s commemorative coin page, found here.
Nice coins but way too expensive!!
What no cockroach coin??? Not too expensive for Mike Mezack he gets them cheap!!!
Such a (non) deal………………1z ag only.. $200!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stated figure in USD is not correct. The Australian dollar is worth .70 USD, so 195 AUD is 135 USD. The Mint also charges shipping but the set can also be ordered from many dealers around the world, including some that give free shipping. I got 1 set and 2 single 1 oz coins with a different finish from those in the set for about $300.
Louis, I edited the article to help clarify the set’s pricing (I hope). The Royal Australian Mint is charging AUD $177.27 for international orders. U.S. buyers also pay for freight airmail at AUD $35. In U.S. dollars, the combined total converts to roughly $149.
Thanks, Mike. People who think the prices are high may want to consider that the RAM’s 1 oz silver domed coins (may of which have increased in value esp. the 2012 Cruz) usually sell from the mint and other retailers for about $90-100 and sell out quickly. Add $35 for the clad half and it is not hard to see the $125 price tag (plus shipping if you buy from the RAM).
I first started ordering coins from the RAM & Perth Mint Australia in 2012. Back then, I read on their coin blog that under Australian law 10% of all coins offered by the two Mints must be reserved for residents of Australia to purchase. Interesting law for sure.
It has been 8 days since this limited edition set of 10,000 was offered by the RAM & it still hasn’t sold out!!??
This 10,000-set limited edition colorized “thing” ($5 AUD silver coin) & clad half dollar (USD) is still available from the RAM 10 days after first day of issue!!??
This very limited edition set thing is still available over one month after issue from the Royal Australian Mint!!?? Sad!