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APOLLO MISSION First Man On The Moon Silver Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2009


The fourth release from the exciting 5-Coin Orbit and Beyond Series takes advantage of a revolutionary new design concept, the "orbital" coin.The coin celebrates the 40th Anniversary of First Man On The Moon, it took place in July 1969 and remains the human race’s greatest technological achievement and the most eagerly-awaited design theme from the innovative Orbit and Beyond coin program.

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By launching the space probe Luna 3 on October 4, 1959 the Soviet Union initiated a new step for the footrace to the moon. With a small camera the space probe succeeded to take first photos of the earths averted side of the moon which no human being has ever seen before - "dark side of the moon". The pictures were of poor quality; however the highlands and lowlands were clearly recognisable. The big dark "Mare Moscoviense" is, among others, also visible.
However 10 years later the Americans succeeded to win the footrace. On July 21, 1969 at 3.56 o'clock CET, Neil Armstrong left the lunar module Apollo 11 and set foot on our next orb with the words "That's one small step for man, ... one... giant leap for mankind! "
In memory of this double anniversary this extraordinary silver coin has been issued.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2009
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)25.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse portrays Apollo 11 during different phases of its historic mission and an astronaut’s footprint on the surface of the Moon. These elements, which appear on a coloured representation of the Universe, together with the border inscription 1969 "FIRST MAN ON THE MOON", literally ‘orbit’ around a coloured image of Earth.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands, the coin's obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2009 year-date and the monetary denomination surrounding another coloured image of the Earth.