This first day of issue, one-ounce Silver Dollar is made of 99.9% silver (a new grade this year). Previous commemorative silver dollars were 90/10 silver, 90% silver, 10% copper. It is the only US coin to be made with a proof finish, reeded edge, and curved shape. The coins carry the grade of proof 70, the highest grade available.
These coins were present at the official launch ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 2019 as part of the supply secured by the Astronaut Memorial Foundation. These are the ONLY coins that are eligible to carry the launch ceremony certification designation by PCGS.
The coin has been handsomely paired with a signature card authentically signed by Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin and encapsulated in a proprietary tamper evident, sonically sealed plastic holder (aka Slab) for display. These are the ONLY coin presentations that Dr. Aldrin has signed as part of a joint venture with the non-profit Astronaut Memorial Foundation.
The coin presentation is accompanied by an additional certificate signed by Buzz Aldrin Ventures COO Linn LeBlanc, authenticating Buzz Aldrin’s signature.
About the Coin:
Obverse: This design features the inscriptions “MERCURY,” “GEMINI,” and “APOLLO,” separated by phases of the Moon, and a footprint on the lunar surface, which together represent the efforts of the United States space program leading up to the first manned Moon landing. Additional inscriptions include “2019,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “LIBERTY.”
This design features 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. The reflection in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet includes astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ONE DOLLAR,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Diameter: 1.500 inches
Weight: 26.730 grams
Overall Height: 0.243 inch
Mintage Limit: 400,000 across all silver product options