The public got its first look at designs for the common concave obverse for the four-coin 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemorative coin program during the Oct. 18 meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The Apollo 11 coins are authorized under Public Law 114-292. The proposed common obverse for the gold $5 half eagle, silver dollar, copper-nickel clad half dollar and 5-ounce silver bullion coin was to be selected from among 18 proposed designs submitted during the second phase of a public design competition.
Designer abandoned original reverse design late in the process Also in our Oct. 30 issue, Mike Diamond presents an interesting question in his Collectors’ Clearinghouse column: How many errors can one coin have?
When given final approval by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin or his designate, the adopted obverse will be paired with the common convex reverse.
The Commission of Fine Arts was slated to review the same 18 designs Oct. 19.
About the designs
The law states, “The design on the common reverse of the coins minted under this Act shall be a representation of a close-up of the famous ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, in which the visor has a mirrored finish and reflects the image of the United States flag and the lunar lander and the remainder of the helmet has a frosted finish.”
Fellow astronaut and moonwalker Neil Armstrong shot the photograph.
The design for the common reverse mandated under the enabling legislation was not part of the public design competition, but was executed by artists at the U.S. Mint.
The enabling act calls for: