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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-01-2014 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coin World reports in its March 10, 2014 issue that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee has proposed a coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2019.
...the CCAC voted unanimously to suggest in its annual report that the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon Landing by Apollo 11 astronauts should be marked with a commemorative coin in 2019.

That recommendation will go to Congress, which legislatively decides what commemorative coins the Mint should issue.

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posted 06-16-2015 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Lawmakers call for golden curved coins to mark Apollo 11 golden anniversary

The United States Mint may strike gold curved coins to commemorate the golden anniversary of the first moon landing, if a new bill is signed into law.

A bipartisan group of five members of Congress on June 10 introduced legislation that would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint the coins to mark five decades since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched to the moon in July 1969. The "Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act" (HR 2726) calls for gold, silver and half-dollar clad coins to be struck in 2019.

"The United States remains the only country to have ever landed humans on a celestial body off the Earth," stated Representative Bill Posey (FL-08), who co-sponsored the bill and was a member of the Apollo launch team in 1969. "Honoring that great feat and recognizing [the] astronauts ... is what our bipartisan legislation is all about."

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posted 06-16-2015 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2016 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Public support urged for Apollo 11 curved coins legislation

The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing is still three years away, but the opportunity for the United States Treasury to issue coins commemorating the Apollo 11 mission's half-centennial is now fleeting.

...in the year since the bill's introduction, the "Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act" has gained nearly 300 cosponsors — more than enough to pass if put up for a vote in the House. But on the Senate side, the situation is different.

The companion bill was introduced only three months ago and has just four cosponsors. With the Senate's scheduled recesses between now and December, there are only 43 days remaining for the act to be passed before the whole process would have to start over with the next Congress.

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posted 08-18-2016 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even on a "proof" side of the $1 and $5, the curvature would be difficult to pull off, too much room for errors. Though a great collectible, do not recall many curved coinage anywhere. Certainly no chance on the circulated coinage side of things with such curvature. Still sounds as if NASA is tooting their own horn a bit much for future funding.

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posted 08-18-2016 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 2014, the US issued a curved coin to commemmorate the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

And ditto no chance on the circulated coinage. They wouldn't work in vending machines and fare boxes.

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posted 08-18-2016 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The coin is not meant to be circulated, though like the Mint's other commemorative issues (two per year), they will be legal tender.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative issued in 2014 was the United States' first curved coin and it was wildly successfully, quickly selling out.

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posted 09-20-2016 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation:
For the Apollo coin to be successful we must have the support of 67 additional Senate sponsors no later than Friday, Sept. 23rd. We already have the necessary support of the House of Representatives, so we just need to focus on the Senate Bill. The legislature will adjourn in advance of the November elections so time is critical here.

To be successful, we need you to reach out to the Senators listed here. The spreadsheet lists the email for legislative liaisons and the main office phone number.

Time is short so we need you to reach out to as many Senators as possible on this list. We need to reach our goal of 67 additional Senate sponsors by the September 23 deadline.

In addition to a phone call and email, those of you on Twitter can provide much needed visibility by tweeting something like this: Thanks @JerryMoran for supporting #Apollo50thcoin and college scholarships thru @AstroScholarFdn for STEM studies. #astroscholars

Also, reach out to them on their Facebook page with the same message, even if you comment on one of their existing posts.

Here are some suggested talking points if you need them when talking to the Senator’s office:

  • The 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing will come only once. This bill is time critical.

  • It has been 50 years since the entire world paused to see America achieve what others could only dream of – safely landing a man on the Moon and returning him to Earth.

  • By supporting this bill, you have an opportunity to affirm your support for a program that encourages the next generation of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who will ensure America’s status as the leader in science, technology, engineering and math – disciplines critical to the safety and security of the nation.

  • ASF has awarded scholarships to more than 425 Astronaut Scholars across the country. These men and women are working and conducting research in a wide range of fields, including national defense, homeland security, energy and health care.

  • This bill presents an opportunity to reignite that same sense of pride and encourage college students to pursue STEM studies.

  • The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation selects only the best and brightest students who have proven their potential, awarding scholarships to college students who are juniors or seniors.

  • These scholars benefit from personal mentoring relationships with astronauts as they conduct research or being working in technologies that benefit the nation.

  • The world is an increasingly competitive place. For America to retain its technological edge, we must encourage and develop students like the Astronaut Scholars.

  • There are two other coins being considered during this same legislative session: one for the basketball hall of fame and one the football hall of fame. Those organizations would use any proceeds to maintain or expand facilities.

  • Only the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin is investing in people. Investing in men and women who possess the drive, passion and knowledge to excel in technology and help ensure American security.

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posted 10-04-2016 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
...it was wildly successfully, quickly selling out.
There were thousands of baseball players, and thusly, more fans of "America's pastime" than there were astronauts and astro-fans, so selling out quickly was prophetically a perfect game of an idea.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-15-2016 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Apollo 11 astronauts call on lawmakers to mint coins for moon landing 50th

Legislation calling for the U.S. Mint to issue coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing has gained the support of the surviving astronauts who flew on the historic mission.

Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, who lifted off to the moon in July 1969 with the late Neil Armstrong, have each sent letters to Congress urging for the passage of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The bill, which was first introduced in 2015, needs to be approved by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate before Congress adjourns next month for the coins to be ready in time for the anniversary in 2019.

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posted 11-15-2016 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not that this is entirely relevant, but Australia has produced over 110 different 50 cent coins, circulated and uncirculated... and yes, one for the moon landing as well.

To us downunder, this seems a straightforward decision. Just do it.

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