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Bullion coins commemorate historic moon landing

The Perth Mint is offering investors the chance to acquire Australian gold and silver bullion coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the moon.

What many may not know is that Australia played a fascinating role in the historic events of July 1969. With a “dish” measuring 64 meters in diameter, CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales was one of three observatories chosen to receive TV signals from more than 350,000 kilometers away. Shortly into its broadcast, NASA settled exclusively on the signal from Parkes for more than two hours of live television, enabling 600 million people globally to witness the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the Moon.

The coins’ reverse portrays the Lunar Module Eagle on the surface of the Moon in a representation of one of the many iconic images beamed back to captivated audiences on Earth. The impression of an astronaut’s boot print in the lunar soil is also included in the design.

Signifying the coins’ legal tender status, the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse under the inscription AUSTRALIA.

The Perth Mint will release no more than 15,000 coins struck from 1 oz. of 99.99% pure gold and 50,000 from 1 oz. of 99.99% pure silver.

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