Private minter resurrects proposal for circulating Astronaut dollar

2019 coin would recognize 50th anniversary of man's first walk on the moon
By , Coin World
Published : 05/03/16
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With the Presidential dollar coin program ending its 10-year run in 2016, private minter Daniel Carr proposes a circulating dollar for 2019 to mark the golden anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon.

Prototype dollars have been overstruck by Carr at his Moonlight Mint in Loveland, Colo., on assorted Presidential and Sacagawea dollars obtained from a local bank.

Carr currently offers examples of his prototype dollars for sale at $30 each here

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“There is currently a bill pending in Congress, H.R. 2726, to authorize the production of 2019 coins to commemorative the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission,” Carr notes. “However, this legislation mandates that such coins be minted only for coin collectors and they will be sold to them at amounts greater than the face value. This will greatly reduce the quantity of people that will actually see the coins.

“A limited commemorative coin program is too small in scope for such a monumental achievement. What this really deserves is circulating coinage so that everyone can see it.”

Proposed designs

Carr’s proposed obverse design for an Astronaut dollar depicts an astronaut holding an American flag while standing on the lunar surface. In the field are 13 five-pointed stars — seven left and six right — with the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, in the background, right.

Carr’s designer’s initials, DC, appear below the astronaut.

The letter D appears in the field to the right of the module. Earth — 230,100 miles from the Moon — is in the upper left field, below the B in LIBERTY.

The D is a symbolic Denver Mint mark for the purpose of showing where any Mint mark could go in the design.

Also on the obverse is the date, 2019, and motto, IN GOD WE TRUST.

The reverse depicts an eagle soaring above the sunrise, the 11 major rays paying homage to the Apollo 11 mission.

Inscribed are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the denomination as $1.

Due to the overstriking process, Carr said, the diameter of the prototypes is slightly larger, 27 millimeters, than the 26.5 millimeters of the undertype manganese-brass clad Presidential and Sacagawea dollars. Carr also employed a reeded edge collar die for the overstruck prototypes.

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