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Apollo 11 8 coin series from North American mint

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1 hour ago, Caratacus said:

There was tremendous interest when the moon landings occurred, but I wonder if the low mintage reflects lack of interest?; or even knowledge of it occuring to youngsters?

It funny how different the various groups are, massive interest in this set elsewhere, 50plus box orders today after listing this morning....

 

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I got the liftoff one (b), but I didnt even know it was a series.  Will have to look for these.  JM bullion was only selling the one.

I dont even see anything on the North American Mint website.

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13 hours ago, ZatStackz said:

I got the liftoff one (b), but I didnt even know it was a series.  Will have to look for these.  JM bullion was only selling the one.

I dont even see anything on the North American Mint website.

 

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.

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4 hours ago, Alun said:

North American Mint Silver Round Collection

The most robust offering for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary comes from the North American Mint....

Do you have a link for where you found that?

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As an avid fan of space exploration and living in the US, I found this series to be a bit depressing given the decline of our space program. It feels to me like a roman celebrating the power of Rome after the loss of Carthage; I'm not the only one of my circle that feels this way, and that could contribute to more tepid enthusiasm toward the collection in the US. 

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12 minutes ago, SiliconToad said:

As an avid fan of space exploration and living in the US, I found this series to be a bit depressing given the decline of our space program. It feels to me like a roman celebrating the power of Rome after the loss of Carthage; I'm not the only one of my circle that feels this way, and that could contribute to more tepid enthusiasm toward the collection in the US. 

I like the US Government issues coins better. I was heart broken when they told us the news about NASA and renting shuttles from Russia.

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The North American mint sells a display box for $34.95.  I'm still waiting to get the 5th coin in the series.  I hope this won't be one of those things were I can't get one of the coins in the series without paying a premium.

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On 17/02/2019 at 09:30, SiliconToad said:

As an avid fan of space exploration and living in the US, I found this series to be a bit depressing given the decline of our space program. It feels to me like a roman celebrating the power of Rome after the loss of Carthage; I'm not the only one of my circle that feels this way, and that could contribute to more tepid enthusiasm toward the collection in the US. 

I think the domed coin drew attention but the plain Janes don't seem as appealing to me.

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3 hours ago, Slowhand said:

Did you ever end up making a box for these?  I have four of them so far and was thinking a presentation box would be nice. 

I did mate yes. And am currently running a second batch. Drop me a PM if interested. £54 posted UK and think there is 3 build slots left

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