Armstrong’s Footprint on Italian Coin

In primo piano è rappresentata l’impronta lasciata dall’astronauta Armstrong sul suolo lunare, dopo lo sbarco avvenuto il 20 luglio 1969, con la Terra che sorge all’orizzonte. In alto “R”, identificativo della Zecca di Roma; al centro, il valore “5 EURO”; a destra, le date “1969” e “2019”, rispettivamente anno dello sbarco sulla Luna e anno di emissione; in basso il nome dell’autore “MOMONI”; nel giro la frase pronunciata dall’astronauta appena atterrato sulla luna: “ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” (UN PICCOLO PASSO PER L’UOMO, UN GRANDE PASSO PER L’UMANITÀ).
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The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) has released a new 5 Euro silver coin dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It features a representation of the footprint left by astronaut Armstrong in lunar soil after the landing on 20th July 1969.

 

 

Italy / 5 Euros / Silver .925 / 32mm / 18g / Mintage: 6,000.

 

Description

Obverse: colour composition of the Earth and the Moon; in the background, the network of space-time. Above and below, the inscriptions “REPUBBLICA” and “ITALIANA” respectively.

Reverse: in the foreground, a representation of the footprint left by astronaut Armstrong in lunar soil after the landing on 20th July 1969, with the Earth in colour rising on the horizon.

Above, “R” identifying the Mint of Rome; in the centre, the value “5 EURO”; on the right, the dates “1969” and “2019”, the year of the Moon Landing and that of the coin’s issue respectively; below, the name of the designer “MOMONI”; around, the words uttered by the astronaut soon after landing on the moon: “ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND”.

 

You can find more information about the coin at the IPZS website.

Italy is not the first country this year to commemorate the moon landing. You can read more about the different mints in our archive.

If you’re not tired of the moon landing yet, you can listen to Buzz Aldrin telling the story of the historic mission: