2019 Royal Australian Mint Apollo 11 Moon Landing Domed Coins
2019 Royal Australian Mint Apollo 11 Moon Landing Domed Coins - To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, The Royal Australian Mint has partnered with the United States Mint for the first time to release a special two-coin set. The set features the exclusive Proof Silver Domed Royal Australian Mint Moon Landing coin along with a Proof Clad Apollo 11 coin from the U.S. Mint. Only 10,000 sets are available and each one includes a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by both the CEO of the Royal Australian Mint and the director of the U.S. Mint.
In addition to the sets, the Royal Australian Mint is also releasing limited mintage domed Proof Gold and Black Nickel Plated Silver coins. The obverse of the Australian coins features the historic CSIRO Parkes radio telescope pointed at the moon along with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley. The reverse features an Apollo 11 astronaut and the lunar module, Eagle, at Tranquility base, with the continent of Australia visible on the planet behind him in the sky. The obverse of the U.S. coin features the names of the first U.S. manned spaceflight programs, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, above an image of a footprint on the lunar surface.The reverse features the depiction of the iconic photograph showing Neil Armstrong, the U.S. flag and the lunar landing on the surface of the moon, as seen reflected in Buzz Aldrin's helmet.
History of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, and the moment instantly became one of the most monumental events in human history. The lunar module Eagle landed on the moon in the sea of Tranquility. Televisions across the world transmitted the footage of this historic event to 600 million viewers. Two Australian radio antennas were an integral part of broadcasting this landmark moment in history. Based in Honeysuckle Creek, Australian Capital Territory and Parkes, New South Wales, these dishes and their Australian operators were in position to receive and transmit the television images of the American moon walk.
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