Louis Golino

Modern Numismatics

Louis Golino

Louis Golino has been a collector of American and world coins since childhood and has written about coins since 2009. In addition to writing about modern coins and other numismatic issues for Coin World, he also has written a regular column for CoinWeek.com since 2011, writes a monthy column for The Numismatist magazine and has written for other coin publications. In 2015, for his CoinWeek column “The Coin Analyst,” he was presented with the Numismatic Literary Guild's award for best online column. He is also a founding member of the Modern Coin Forum. 

Visit one of our other blogs:

Moon Landing Commemorative Coin Program Proposed

On June 10 Rep. Bill Posey of Florida introduced a bill (H.R. 2726) with bipartisan support that calls for the minting in 2019 of a commemorative coin program marking the 50 th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon in 1969.

The July 20, 1969 landing on the moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins was a major milestone in human and American achievement, but it has never been commemorated on a U.S. coin apart from the reverse of the Eisenhower dollar that shows an eagle on the moon.

Many coin collectors are also space and astronomy enthusiasts, but the existing coins depicting these themes have all been issued by other countries like the 2009 French coin that marked the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

The bill has seven co-sponsors so far and has been referred to the House Budget and Financial Services Committees.  Many commemorative coin program bills are introduced that never become law, but this one seems to have a better chance than most.

The proposed coins include not just the usual clad half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold coin, but also a $1, 5-ounce proof silver coin with a three-inch diameter, which would be a first for the U.S. Mint.  And the legislation calls for the coins to be struck in the same convex/concave shape as the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coins. 

The obverse for these coins would be chosen through a design competition that would be open to the public like the one for the baseball coins, while the reverse would depict the famous photograph taken during the Apollo 11 moon landing, “Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.”

More specifically, the convex reverse would depict the faceplate of an astronaut’s helmet of the period, and the reverse design would extend to the coin’s edge so that the reverse extends all the way to the obverse.

The text of the legislation says the 5-ounce coin would be minted in proof, but does not specify the finishes for the other three coins.  So these details will be worked out later.

Surcharges from the sale of the coins, once all costs have been recouped, would go towards three organizations: a moon-related exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum; the Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.   

Michael Olson, a banker from Grinnell, Iowa and former member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, told Coin World: “This is an exciting and historically significant commemorative coin program.  Coin collectors and space enthusiasts should immediately contact their members of Congress to encourage them to support this legislation. This program has twice been recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for 2019 and the sponsors of the legislation should be applauded for introducing this bill.”

More from CoinWorld.com:

United States Mint releases image mock-ups for 2016 gold dime, quarter dollar, half dollar

Eager anticipation: Breaking down the gold 1916 Centennial Coins

A woman will be put on the $10 Federal Reserve note, U.S. Treasury announces

It’s a golden age for 5-ounce silver coins

Nancy Reagan First Spouse coin designs being reviewed by CCAC

Keep up with all of CoinWorld.com's news and insights by  signing up for our free eNewsletters liking us on Facebook , and  following us on Twitter . We're also on  Instagram !

You are signed in as:null

Please sign in or join to share your thoughts on this story

No comments yet