The Royal Australian Mint and the United States Mint has come together to present this magnificent two-coin proof set, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing of July 1969, and the scientific collaboration between the two nations that brought television of the iconic event to an estimated global audience of 600 million viewers,
The Lunar module Eagle Landed on the Moon, in the sea of Tranquility, on 21 July 1969 (AEST). A few hours later, Commander Neil Armstrong, followed by Lunar Module Pilot Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, became the first humans to walk on the Moon's surface.
Live footage of the moonwalk was televised to 600 million global viewers. Australia proudly contributed to the broadcast efforts of NASA's Apollo 11 mission with four antennas; Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla in the ACT, Carnarvon in WA, and CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope in NSW. These 'dishes' and their Australian operators were in the position to receive and transmit the telemetry and live broadcast images of the moonwalk.
The Two Coin Set contains:
- Australian Five Dollar Silver Proof Coin
- United States Clad Half Dollar Coin
The Australian obverse design features the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope. The reverse design features an Apollo 11 astronaut and the lunar module Eagle, with Earth visible in the sky.
The United States obverse design features inscriptions MERCURY, GEMINI and APOLLO and a footprint on the lunar surface.
The reverse design features a representation of the famous photograph 'Buzz Aldrin on the Moon'
The set comes with a numbered certificate and is presented in a presentation case.
The Australian Five Dollar Coin is produced from 1oz 99.9% silver and is limited to only 10,000 coins and only available in this set.
The United States Half Dollar is produced from 8.33% Nickel and 3.01% Copper, total weight 11.34g.