The 2019 Gold Proof 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing £5 Isle of Man Coin.
Commemorating the first successful landing on the Moon on 20th July 1969, this 22-carat/.916 fine gold proof coin is numbered 12 of only 50 coins issued!
It comes complete with certificate of authenticity and presentation box.
The Apollo 11 mission (16th–24th July 1969) was the first succesful attempt to land humans on the Moon. Crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot "Buzz" Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins, the successful landing proved the United State's victory over the Soviet Union in the space race.
After landing the Lunar Module "Eagle", Armstrong would take the first human steps on the moon with Aldrin joining him 19 minutes later. After spending around 2 hours and 15 minutes on the lunar surface, Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the module taking with them around 21.5kg of sample materials before resting and finally returning to the command module Columbia which Michael Collins was piloting.
Columbia splashed down in the Western Pacific on 24th July.
Celebrations occured in many cities across the US including parades in New York and Chicago, and an official state dinner in Los Angeles. A 38-day world tour sent the astronauts to 22 foreign countries around the world.
Michael Collins passed away at the age of 90 on 20th April 2021.
The obverse features Jody Clark's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse features the image of Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin in his spacesuit with his visor "reflecting" a view of the Moon's surface and the Earth. Both the Moon and the Earth have been coloured for this coin. It is also inscribed:
1969 • MOON LANDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY • 2019
The name E. Aldrin can be seen on the spacesuit.
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||1.176|
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||Mike Guilfoyle|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||Unknown|
|Country||Isle of Man|
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