Moonwalkers claimed the Congress to issue the Apollo 11 jubilee coins
The bill requiring the mintage of special coins to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 landing on the Earth's satellite has to be discussed by the American Congress till the end of 2016. The document was composed by 11 Senators and 298 members of the House in 2015. It includes the directive for the US Mint to issue a special edition of collectible coins dedicated to the half-centenary of the historical flight. The jubilee of the first and only landing of humans on the moon surface will be celebrated in 2019. The special coins commemorating the significant event have to be designed and minted beforehand, so the preparations should be started as fast as possible.
Two survived members of Apollo 11 sustained the campaign of the memorial coinage by their own messages to the congressmen. They emphasized the great patriotic role of the moon mission and reminded that the USA is the only nation which gained success in such outstanding challenge. Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins considered the issue of the half-centenary Apollo 11 collectible coins to be the proper inspiration for the further space discovering of America.
They joined the numerous appeals of other involved Americans claiming for the same. The latter mainly are members of the space science community of the country. They already contacted their elected officials claiming to support the proposal. The commemoratives' project proposes to use the iconic photograph taken by Neil Armstrong on the Moon on July 20, 1969. The recognizable image is a reflection of the moonscape and photographer himself in the space helmet of Aldrin. The cost of special coins’ producing is supposed to be offset for the Mint by their sales; moreover, the extra earnings will be used to sustain the new thematic Smithsonian’s gallery, Memorial Foundation and various corresponding exploration programs.
As far as the government can authorize only two commemorative mintage programs per year, the austronauts bill is to compete with two other proposals – to issue the special coins dedicated to the sports halls of fame. Their fate will be defined by the American lawmakers in just three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.