On July 20, 1969, the entire world stopped to watch with wonder and awe as a decade-long vision came true – the U.S. became the first and only nation to put a man on the Moon. In 2019, the U.S. Mint will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission by producing and selling commemorative coins. Half of the coins’ surcharges are authorized to be paid to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Destination Moon” exhibit; one quarter to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and one quarter to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The one-fourth of the coin surcharges will directly benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation as long as the foundation raises matching funds. Join in our fundraising efforts by donating to the On the Shoulder of Giants Campaign.
The U.S. Mint will produce the following commemorative coins, according to the legislation to celebrate this monumental moment in U.S. history:
Not more than 50,000 $5 coins, which shall
weigh 8.359 grams,
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 0.850 inches, and
contain not less than 90 percent gold.
Surcharge of $35 per coin.
Not more than 400,000 $1 coins, which shall
weigh 26.73 grams,
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.500 inches, and
contain not less than 90 percent silver.
Surcharge of $10 per coin.
Not more than 750,000 half-dollar coins which shall
weigh 11.34 grams,
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.205 inches, and
be minted to the specifications for half-dollar coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, U.S. Code.
Surcharge of $5 per coin.
Not more than 100,000 proof $1 silver coins which shall
weigh 5 ounces,
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 3 inches, and
contain .999 fine silver.
Surcharge of $50 per coin.
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