50th Anniversary Medallions Celebrate Apollo 11 at APMEX
On July 20, 1969, mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle and became the first two people to step onto the moon’s surface, six hours after landing. The world watched on live TV as Armstrong described his lunar walk as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medallions pay tribute to that first completed trip to the moon by American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia in lunar orbit before rejoining with Armstrong and Aldrin to return to Earth.
These Silver-plated and Copper medallions are modeled after the same dies that created the original medals carried aboard the mission spacecraft into orbit. Numismatic souvenirs have accompanied astronauts on nearly every early spaceflight. Since the first manned Gemini mission in 1965, NASA astronauts carried mission-specific medallions with them into orbit, many times designing these medals themselves.
For the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Collins wanted a design to represent “peaceful lunar landing by the United States” and, for this reason, chose an American eagle holding an olive branch in its claws with Earth shown in the background. That design is replicated on the obverse of these 50th Anniversary Medallions. The detailed reverse lists names of the flight crew along with the dates of launch, lunar landing and return, which spanned eight days from launch to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The medallion’s serial number can also be found on the bottom of the reverse.
The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medallions are well-liked among coin collectors, space lovers