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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


    Sunday, July 7th, 2019

     The 50th anniversary of mans first landing on the moon on July 20, 1969 falls this month.  Christie’s is marking the occasion with One Giant Leap, an auction celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11.   The highlight of the sale, which takes place in New York on July 18, is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book  used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon.  It includes traces of moon dust and almost 150 handwritten annotations including Lunar Module Eagle’s coordinates on the lunar surface within moments of landing, marking the first writing by a human being on an extraterrestrial body.  This writing is illustrated in the image here.  The book is estimated at $7-9 million.  The sale will include nearly 200 artefacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programmes.