The United States Mint picked among the most popular and long-lasting images from NASA’s1969 Apollo 11 objective to embellish a series of celebratory coins devoted to the moon landing Yes, it’s a footprint.
NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin photographed the imprints left by his spacesuit boot on the dirty lunar surface area. That mark motivated the Mint’s style, which takes a little creative license by completing the shadows.
The obverse art work originates from Maine carver Gary Cooper, who consisted of an engraving reading Mercury, Gemini and Apollo to mark the NASA programs that led up to the very first crewed moon landing.
The reverse style originates from Mint carver and engraver Phebe Hemphill, who produced a moon scene revealing Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander. It’s based upon a picture taken by Armstrong of Aldrin with a reflection of that scene in Aldrin’s helmet visor.
One uncommon function is that the coins will be curved so regarding mirror the curve of Aldrin’s visor. The Mint formerly launched a curved baseball glove coin in 2014.
The celebratory coins will be a $5 gold coin, a standard-size $1 silver coin, a half-dollar clothed coin, and a 5-ounce $1 silver evidence coin. The coins will be offered in 2019, though the Mint has not yet revealed a release date.