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    Friday, July 19th, 2019

    The Dublin Mint Office will tomorrow launch two limited edition coin and ingot sets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20. The Magnificent Desolation 50th Anniversary Gold Set includes a ¼ ounce gold $5 coin and a 5 gram gold ingot. The Giant Leap for Mankind 50th Anniversary Set includes a silver 5 ounce $1 coin and a 2.5 gram gold ingot. The coins and ingots were produced by the United States Mint and are limited to just 500 issues each.

    The sets bear unique designs celebrating one of the most historic and iconic achievements in modern history. The coins and ingots were produced by the United States Mint and are limited to just 500 issues each. They are packaged in a presentation box complete with a gold layered plaque on the interior that is a replica of the plaque that was left on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission inscribed with the words: ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind’.

    The plaque also bears engravings of the signatures of the three astronauts from the 1969 mission, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as President Richard Nixon. The box also has a printed inlay featuring the moon landing.

    The Magnificent Desolation 50th Anniversary Gold Set


    Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    Nearly 200 rare artefacts celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 will come up at Christie’s in New York on July 11. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years After Apollo 11 includes nearly 200 artifacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programs. The sale highlight is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book ($7- 9 million) used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon in July 1969. 

    Tranquility Base Photograph The iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong inscribed by Aldrin with Armstrong’s name for the landing site. Buzz Aldrin was photographed by Neil Armstrong moments after both began exploring the surface of the Moon. This large image is inscribed “Tranquility Base, July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and is estimated at $7,000-9,000.


    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

    The bag used to bring back to earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on July 20 – the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return”.  Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. It comes up at an inaugural Space Exploration sale and is estimated at $2-4 million.

    Cassandra Hatton, Vice President and Senior Specialist in charge of the sale commented: “This seemingly modest bag was part of mankind’s greatest journey, and played a crucial role in the single most important scientific task of the Apollo 11 mission – to bring back the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. To be able to see such an object in person is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is one thing to read about going to the moon; it is quite another to hold in one’s hands an object that was actually there, and that still carries traces of that faraway place.”