101810 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins silver Medal.

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    101810  |  UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins silver Medal. Issued 1969. Commemorating Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing (34mm, 15.06 g, 12h). Münz-Prägstatt (München).

     

    LANDING ON THE MOON / E. ALDRIN N. ARMSTRONG M. COLLINS / 21.7.1969–3:56:20 MEZ, busts of Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins facing slightly left in astronauts' suits / In foreground, Aldrin plants U.S. flag upon a lunar crater; behind, Armstrong collects surface samples before the Eagle; view of Earth above the horizon in the background. Edge: Plain.

     

    Hans Kaiser 2027.1. Choice Gem Mint State. Tremendously prooflike and dazzling, with a light frosting to the devices and some subtle burgundy-lilac toning. An error in engraving reveals a lack of a horizontal support for the flag. Given the lack of wind on the moon's surface, a support was needed in order for the flag to stay revealed. The apparent billowing as depicted here is a mistake on the engraver's part, mimicking what a flag would do under normal terrestrial atmospheric conditions.

     

    Captivating the entire world, the Apollo 11 spaceflight achieved the monumental and historic event of landing man on the surface of the Moon for the first time. Armstrong and Aldrin spent a little over two hours on the Moon, conducting experiments and gathering environmental samples, before returning to the Eagle Lunar Module which ultimately rejoined the Columbia Command Module, the latter having been piloted solely by Collins during the Eagle's landing and subsequent events. This achievement closed out the decade of the '60's which began with a challenge by President Kennedy in 1961, namely that "...before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."