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Offline Eric Hedman

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The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill so the US Mint can produce Apollo Xi commemorative coins:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/12/07/house-representatives-approves-bill-to-mint-coins-for-moon-landing-50th.html

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US Mint to launch design contest for moon landing 50th anniversary coins
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-041417a-apollo11-50th-anniversary-coin-design.html
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Here are the texts of the House (passed) and Senate (to be voted on soon) bills.

Text is not quite identical between the two (yet), but they basically say the same thing.

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If anybody finds out when and where these coins become available for purchase, please post.  Thank you.

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The H.R 2726 version of the bill was passed by the Senate on December 10 with no changes, so it will now go to the President for his consideration.

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They cannot pass a NASA authorization bill, but we'll have coins!

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They cannot pass a NASA authorization bill, but we'll have coins!

'Gotta put first things first.'

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'Gotta put first things first.'

But they did this on their last day...

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This bill was signed by the President (Dec 16) and is now law.

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US Mint to launch design contest for moon landing 50th anniversary coins
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-041417a-apollo11-50th-anniversary-coin-design.html

The United States Mint is launching an art competition for the design of its 2019 coins marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

As signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 16, 2016, Public Law 114-282 authorizes the Secretary of the United States Treasury to strike and issue curved gold, silver and clad metal coins in recognition of the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing.

...The law stipulates a specific design be used for the convex reverse of each coin, but calls for the concave obverse, or front, to be selected by the Treasury Secretary based on a juried public competition. That contest, the "Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Competition," is set to begin on May 1.

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I liked Ike (based upon the Apollo 11 mission patch).

http://coinsblog.ws/2016/07/the-eagle-has-landed.html

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US Mint reveals proposed designs for 'tails side' of Apollo 11 50th anniversary coins
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-062017a-us-mint-apollo-11-coins-reverse-designs.html

The United States Mint has taken its first "small steps" toward striking coins to commemorate a half-century since the first moon landing.

...on Thursday (June 15), the Mint revealed three proposed designs for the coins' reverse, or "tails side," at a meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in Washington, D.C.. The CFA advises the government on issues of design and aesthetics.


The U.S. Mint is also honoring American Indians in the space program on the 2019 Native Americans $1 coin:
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-062117a-us-mint-2019-american-indians-space-dollar.html

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Excuse me, but big whoop. Perhaps congress will issue a commemorative wreath on the 50th anniversary of the final US visit to the moon. Thanks for the memories, Congress!

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OK, using the visor reflection for the image on the coin is a seriously cool idea. Kudos to whoever thought that up. It's striking and brilliant.
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The American-Indian one is totally *meh* though... - Very busy, with lots of elements, none of them very striking. Won't work at all at the small scale of a coin. 

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US Mint reveals artists' designs for heads-side of Apollo 11 50th anniversary coins
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-102717a-us-mint-apollo-11-coins-obverse-designs.html

The United States Mint has revealed the candidate designs for the "heads-side" of its planned coins for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019.

The 18 designs for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin program were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) at a meeting on Oct. 18 and by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) the following day. The two panels reviewed the Mint's designs for the "tails-side," or reverse, in June.

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I like the boot print coin... - But what is it with the empty spacesuit floating around? That one is just creepy.

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I like the one with the eagle swooping over the moon and the "we came in peace for all mankind" legend. Second favorite is the Saturn V launching with the moon in the background (different from the design in the previous illustration). Agreed that the empty suit is creepy! Not a big fan of the person holding binoculars ("look! its a coin about birdwatching!") and some of the others don't really seem to say "moon landing", especially the one that seems to be Ed White on his Gemini spacewalk or the design with Goddard's first rocket.
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