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05 Nov 2015

Moon Landing Coins

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Coin World magazine recently had an article about the appeal of coins with a space theme. I have to admit growing up during the heyday of the Space Shuttle program that I enjoy space themed items including coins.

This is the only coin in my collection that my wife told me to buy. I (we) purchased this at the quarterly Tucson Coin Club show. How could I say no. Of course later I heard “it cost how much?”.

Most people, I’m sure, don’t think of Guinea when considering great space coins of the world. I find it to be an attractive piece. It was minted in both 1969 and 1970. Contains 14.93 grams of .999 silver. It is interesting that the

only 2 countries that I can find that issued space coins in 1969 are Guinea and Yemen. This issue is readily available at reasonable prices.

Following is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Apollo 11 was prepared with the goal of a July landing in the Sea of Tranquility. The crew, selected in January 1969, consisted of commander (CDR) Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot (CMP) Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. They trained for the mission until just before the actual launch day. On July 16, 1969, at exactly 9:32am EDT, the Saturn V rocket, AS-506, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in Florida.

The trip to the Moon took just over three days. After achieving orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin transferred into the Lunar Module, named Eagle, and after a landing gear inspection by Collins remaining in the Command/Service Module Columbia, began their descent. After overcoming several computer overload alarms caused by an antenna switch left in the wrong position, and a slight downrange error, Armstrong took over manual flight control at about 180 meters (590ft), and guided the Lunar Module to a safe landing spot at 20:18:04 UTC, July 20, 1969 (3:17:04pm CDT). The first humans on the Moon would wait another six hours before they ventured out of their craft. At 02:56 UTC, July 21 (9:56pm CDT July 20), Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon.

The first step was witnessed by at least one-fifth of the population of Earth, or about 723 million people. His first words when he stepped off the LM's landing footpad were, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin joined him on the surface almost 20 minutes later. Altogether, they spent just under two and one-quarter hours outside their craft. The next day, they performed the first launch from another celestial body, and rendezvoused back with Columbia.

Apollo 11 left lunar orbit and returned to Earth, landing safely in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. When the spacecraft splashed down, 2,982 days had passed since Kennedy's commitment to landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade; the mission was completed with 161 days to spare. With the safe completion of the Apollo 11 mission, the Americans won the race to the Moon.

Comments

Michael Kittle

Level 4

Neat coin, hadn't seen that one before. Thanks for sharing!

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

I love that coin! remind me of the Ike dollar, but way better design! also thanks for the history.

Longstrider

Level 6

They have some very cool coinage. Thanks!!

user_7180

Level 5

Interesting trivia around the coin. Thanks for the history lesson and the image of the coin!

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