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.