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US Mint replacing packaging bearing wrong credits

The U.S. Mint is providing corrected replacement sleeves for product packaging that contained a factual error. The replacement is free of charge to customers who ordered the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Proof Half Dollar set.

The original sleeve, which contains the set’s certificate of authenticity, credits Chief U.S. Mint Engraver Gilroy Roberts with designing and engraving both the obverse and reverse of the set’s Kennedy half dollar.

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While Roberts designed and engraved the obverse, the Heraldic Eagle reverse was designed and engraved by Assistant Engraver Frank Gasparro, who was confirmed as chief engraver upon Roberts’ departure in 1964.

The two-coin set contains a Proof 2019-S Apollo 11 50th Anniversary copper-nickel clad half dollar and an Enhanced Reverse Proof 2019-S Kennedy copper-nickel clad half dollar. The Kennedy half dollar is available only in the set.

The set is restricted to an issue of 100,000 sets. Approximately 70,000 sets with the misprinted artistic credits were shipped to customers. 

The misprinted certificate of authenticity was signed by then Acting Deputy Mint Director David Croft. The corrected certificate of authenticity will bear the facsimile signature of U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder and properly credit Gasparro for the reverse design.

Customers do not have to return the entire set to receive the replacement sleeve, but must have placed an order for the set with the Mint.

Customers who received a 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Proof Half Dollar set and want a replacement sleeve can contact the Mint directly at 1-800-872-6468. 

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