US Mint to release coins honoring Apollo 11's 50th anniversary

Paul Kurtz
January 01, 2019 - 4:00 am
Ann Collins, Andy Aldrin, Mark Armstrong and Mint director David Ryder.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The year 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic flight to the moon, and the US Mint will be issuing commemorative coins to honor Apollo's three-man crew. 

The Mint will be releasing four curved coins in gold, silver and clad, all featuring two iconic images of the moon landing.  

Mint Director David Ryder says the most striking element is their curved shape.

"So on the coins reverse, or the tail side, will be a convex resembling the outward curve of the visor on an astronaut's helmet. The obverse, or the head side of the coin, will be concave, curving inward for a more dramatic design," Ryder said. 

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic flight to the moon, and the US Mint will be issuing commemorative coins to honor Apollo's three-man crew.
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The image on the head's side is of Buzz Aldrin's bootprint on the lunar surface. Turn the coin over and you'll see a depiction of that famous photo Aldrin took showing his visor and helmet, with the reflection of Neil Armstrong, the lunar module and the American flag.  

It's an image that has always impressed Aldrin's son, Andy. 

"I take a lot of pictures. And my dad's literally taken one picture that I know of in his whole life. And it's one of the most famous, iconic photos in the world and it's just ironic and it's wonderful," Andy said. 

Aldrin attended a first strike of the coins at the Philadelphia Mint, along with Neil Armstrong's son, Mark, and Michael Collins' daughter, Ann. 

The coins go on sale Jan. 24.  

Prices have yet to be announced, but they will include surcharges ranging from $5 to $50. Proceeds will go to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.