North American Mint Silver Round Collection
The most robust offering for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary comes from the North American Mint. This series of silver rounds includes eight designs in all that follow each step in the 8-day mission from liftoff in Florida to the surface of the moon and back as the crew splashed back down in the Pacific Ocean. Each of the silver rounds in this collection comes with .999 fine silver content, a limited mintage of 5,000 rounds per design, and has a proof-like finish with frosted designs and mirrored background fields. The rounds are individually housed inside of Air-Tite capsules and come with a unique serial number engraved onto the edge of the round. The designs include:
•Liftoff: First off is the design for Liftoff. With the Saturn V rockets at full blast, the Apollo 11 spacecraft hurtles toward the heavens in this design that includes the date of liftoff engraved around the rim and the phrasing “6,5,4,3,2,1 All Engines Running, Lift Off…We Have a Lift Off.”
•Eagle Landing: Four days after departing Kennedy Space Center, Armstrong and Aldrin descend onto the moon’s surface in the Eagle lander on the obverse of this round. Touching down in a region of the moon known as the Sea of Tranquility, Aldrin and Armstrong report back to Houston “Tranquility Base Here … The Eagle Has Landed.” The date of the moon landing is also featured.
•One Small Step: On the obverse of this design, you’ll see Armstrong descending the steps of the Eagle lander to mark the first time human beings have landed on another celestial body. As he steps onto the moon, Armstrong proclaims “That’s One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind.” The timing of his first steps onto the moon is also engraved on the rim.
•The Crew: This obverse design features left-profile portraits of all three men who participated in the Apollo 11 mission. With an astronaut’s footprint visible on the moon’s surface and the commemorative 50th-anniversary date mark in the design field, the outer rim includes the names of all three men: “Buzz Aldrin,” “Michael Collins,” and “Neil Armstrong.”
•Moment of Silence: During their moonwalk, Aldrin requested a moment of silence as he took in the majesty of his position high above in the cosmos as human eyes looked directly down on Earth from above. Aldrin stands in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, with Earth visible in the distant background field.
•For All Mankind: One of the crowning moments of the Apollo 11 mission is captured in this obverse design as Aldrin and Armstrong plant the American flag on the surface of the moon. As one man plants the flag the other salutes. Though America planted a flag, the men pronounced “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set foot Upon the Moon…We Came in Peace for All Mankind.”
•Earthbound: Aldrin and Armstrong used the Eagle landers rocket boosters to return from the moon into orbit and rejoined Collins in the command module. The three-man crew jettisoned the Eagle lander and powered up the boosters on the command module to slingshot around the moon and return home to Earth.
•Splash Down: The final obverse design in the series depicts the moments after the landing pod had reentered Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Here, the crew is met by a team of US Navy and NASA rescue specialists. The engraving rim includes the longitude and latitude coordinates where the pod splashed down in the ocean.
All of the silver rounds in the North American Mint issue have a shared reverse design. This design is inspired by the Apollo 11 mission patch worn by the astronauts of the crew. It depicts an American bald eagle with its wings spread wide as it touches down on the surface of the moon. The eagle clutches an olive branch in its talons and Earth is visible in the distant background. Engravings include the commemorative date marks of “1969 – 2019,” and the words “50th Anniversary.” Other markings on this side include the weight, purity, and metal content of the rounds.
Hello All ,
I've not got a limited number of boxes completed for the Korean Zi-sin 12 Guardians series.
Constructed from Ash and finished to the same exacting standards as all my other boxes.
It features concealed hindges and a hidden magnetic catch.
The top of the box is engraved with a striking vibrant head of the "Doggaebi" a mythical monster that also appears on the Chiwoo Cheonwangs shield on the reverse of the medals.
Finished in an Oak stain. The interior is laser cut to accomadate the 12 coins in this series .
The box comes complete with 12 genuine H40 airtight capsules( the best and not cheap )
This box is also suitable for the Chiwoo series as the reverse of the medals is the same
Priced at £45 with Postage and packaging within the UK at £4 second class signed for .international on request
I also have some route 66 available and am happy to combine postage.
I will also more Gold sovereign box's and a box for the Time series available in the next week or so
A 2018 Perth Mint Kookaburra Panda Privy 1oz Silver.
Must be a tough job at the mint deciding what Privy to knock out each year..I can hear them now....’let’s do a Panda Privy’!
By my reconning, this is Panda Privy No 5 ..talk about milking it! (1995,1996,1997,2017 & this one) but this mug keeps buying ‘em and keeps loving them😃.
See kookaburra photo thread to see how the privy marks have changed,