Moon Landing Commemorated with Orbiting Coins

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US Mint Makes Commemorative Apollo 11 Coins

Fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the surface of the moon as the world watched. He radioed back to Houston the iconic phrase, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” To commemorate that giant leap — the Apollo 11 moon landing in July of 1969 — the U.S. Mint struck two special curved coins back in January. Recently, NASA sent them to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule.  

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch displayed the coins and gave a short speech about their significance in the video below:

A Round Trip to Commemorate the Moon Landing

The coins completed a 28-day orbit around the Earth to honor the bravery and accomplishment of the Apollo 11 crew 50 years ago. As Koch points out in the video, however, the coins are really a celebration of the accomplishments of all humanity in space. She mentions that we’re working toward “a sustainable presence” on the moon so that we can take the next leap to Mars.

The Coins Are Available to Everyone

The coins themselves are pretty special. With uncurated metal, silver, and gold options, along with their domed shape, these coins definitely stand out and are sure to be a favorite among collectors.This is only the second time in history that the U.S. Mint has issued domed coins, and it’s fitting in order to commemorate the moon landing.

Gold version of the Apollo 11 coin commemorating the Moon Landing

Gold version of the Apollo 11 coin commemorating the Moon Landing

The coins are actually convex on the “tails” side and concave on the “heads” side. The tails side is made to resemble the famous picture taken of Buzz Aldrin’s visor, which shows Armstrong and the lander in the reflection. The head’s side shows an astronaut’s bootprint on the lunar surface.  

A limited number of coins were made, but they are for sale to the public just like all other officially minted U.S. coins are. The two coins that orbited the earth came back home last month. The Mint will keep one, while the other will go on display at the Smithsonian.  

Commemorating the Moon Landing or Advancing the “Space” Agenda

These coins are proof that neither the officials at NASA nor at the Mint will deny the Earth is flat, despite all made-up evidence to the contrary. Both agencies also keep insisting that the moon landing was not a hoax.To top it all off, they plan to use the proceeds from these coins to support organizations devoted to “preserv[ing] space history and promot[ing] space science education.”

Of course, if you promote space education, you’re going to break the internet. See, eventually, you’ll run out of people who can’t understand basic logic and the scientific method. Then there won’t be anyone to fill the internet up with silly pseudoscience and conspiratorial nonsense. What then, America? What then?

 

Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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