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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.37 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Nickel plated silver (.999) (Pad printed globe Australia centred)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 39.62 mm
Shape Round Domed
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Obverse

The obverse of the coin depicts the famous CSIRO Parkes radio telescope pointed towards the Moon, from which it is receiving television signals of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The text in the background is an excerpt from the transcript of Commander Neil Armstrong’s journal of the lunar landing. The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is set into a circle at the base of the design.

Lettering:
FIVE DOLLARS
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2019

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

The reverse of the new coins depicts one of the Apollo 11 astronauts standing on the surface of the Moon, with the lunar module Eagle in the background. The Earth, visible in colour, in the sky behind the astronaut, shows Australia directly facing the Moon. A representation of the long journey taken by the Apollo 11 crew from Earth to the Moon is traced in the sky.

Lettering: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LUNAR LANDING

Engraver: A. Ball

Edge

Plain

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Moon Landing 50th Anniversary)

© Image courtesy of Royal Australian Mint

Comments

Australian ingenuity and technology played a major role in receiving and transmitting the television of this historic event. Radio antennas at NASA's Honeysuckle Creek Station ACT and CSIRO's Parkes Observatory NSW (pictured) were in position to share the televised broadcast with the world. Fifty years later, the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing is still regarded as a triumph of human endeavour.
This the world's first dome-shaped coloured nickel plated silver coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  10,000 Proof ; Domed; Nickel Plated

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