I bought the Apollo 11 coin along with a few other items on the usmint.gov website a few hours ago. Now, the design is stunning and I love coins that have a awkward shape or size. One of the main cons of the US Mint commemorative coin program is that their coins are too expensive (as mentioned in a previous blog)!!! As of 3:44 PM EST, silver prices are $15.38. Production cost might be about $15 and maybe less. The price they are selling it for it around $25 too high. If they made it maybe $39, it would be pretty good. Now for the 5 ounce coins, they go beyond crazy. They sell it for $224 and $15.38 x 5 = around $77. It is like $150 too high. Production cost might be elevated to like $50 so maybe it would decrease to $100 too high. They should sell it for a modest price of $150. Seems fair right.
Another con in the US Mint commemorative program coins is the fact that the plastic holders for the silver coins are no good. A gentle nudge with your fingernail and the plastic holder comes off. They should make it air tight or something more durable. Despite all these cons, the final design on the coin urges me to buy it so really I have nothing to complain. As for the 225th Anniversary Mint set or virtually any other modern proof set, the casing for the proof set (the plastic shell not the cardboard box) is the same deal as the plastic holders. Last night, I gently nudged the shell with my fingernail and it came open. The US Mint ought to check its quality standards!
Overall though, I am satisfied with the US Mint's products. have a great day and thanks!