We’re three years away from the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, and the United States Treasury was looking to commemorate the occasion with a sweet space-centric coin. But there’s just one problem.
With the legislature a little busy doing ... umm ... whatever they’re doing, the bill to move forward with the minting of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin is still lacking the required number of senators. The bill already has 300 co-sponsors in the House (which is more than enough to breeze by), but it needs 67 in the Senate. Right now, it has just four co-sponsors. If they don’t lock in the support by December, the entire process would have to start over — meaning there might not be enough lead time to pull it all off.
The proposed coin would be available in 2019 from the U.S. Mint, and be released in curved gold, silver and clad coins with the reflected image from Buzz Aldrin’s helmet visor (the image featured below, for reference). The iconic shot was taken by Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.
According to Collect Space, proceeds from the the coin sales would benefit the Astronaut Memorial Foundation and Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, along with the Smithsonian's "Destination Moon" gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in 2020. The cost of actually minting the coins would be offset by the proceeds, so there would be no additional cost for the project.
So, if you’d want to snag one of these collectibles in a few years, start stirring up some attention now so the bill actually has a shot of passing.
(Via Collect Space)