First lunar landing celebrated
The 50th anniversary of Lunar Module Eagle’s landing on the Moon is just a few short months away on 21 July 2019. Australia played an important role in the Apollo 11 mission. The 26-meter antenna of NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra is famous for being the antenna that received and relayed to 500 million viewers around the world the first TV images of astronaut Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969 (or 21 July in Australia and NZ).
The Royal Australian Mint has opted to mark both historic events, the “one small step for man” itself and the broadcast of that event, on two coins contained in Australian 2019 proof and BU sets.
For the first time in any Australian year set, the design of the 19.41 mm cupronickel 5 cents coin has been changed. In 2019, the 5 cents plays the role of the Moon and shows the landing site of the lunar module along with Neil Armstrong’s footprint.
The 25 mm aluminum-bronze $1 represents Earth and depicts the interior of the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. The designs of both coins are by Adam Ball.
Mintages of both sets are unlimited.
Reverse designs of the commemorative 5 cents and dollar coins from the 2019 proof sets show the landing site of the Lunar Lander “Eagle” and the control room of Australia’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station that broadcast the 1969 first step images to the world. (Images courtesy & © RAM)