Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Clad Half Dollar Coin

Background

The Apollo program, along with its predecessor Mercury and Gemini programs, inspired generations of American students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), which has fueled innovation and economic growth throughout a range of industries over the last four decades. Learn more about the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program.

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Characteristics

The obverse (heads) design features the inscriptions “MERCURY,” “GEMINI,” and “APOLLO,” separated by phases of the Moon, and a footprint on the lunar surface, which together represent the efforts of the United States space program leading up to the first manned Moon landing.

The reverse (tails) design features a representation of a close-up of the famous ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The reflection in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet includes astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • MERCURY
  • GEMINI
  • APOLLO
  • 2019
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • HALF DOLLAR
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Composition: 8.33% nickel, balance copper
Diameter: 1.205 inches
Weight: 11.340 grams
Overall Height: 0.123 inch
Mintage Limit: 750,000 across all clad product options

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Sculptor: Joseph Menna, Sculptor-Engraver
  • Designer: Gary Cooper
Reverse Content last reviewed September 20, 2018

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