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SMALL STEP, GIANT LEAP
On 21 July 1969, a television audience of 600 million watched in awe as Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. A combination of technological ambition, meticulous preparation and organisational genius, the daring undertaking was immortalised by Armstrong’s famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Celebrating that momentous occasion, this 50th anniversary coin is technically ambitious in its own right. The coin’s concave obverse shows the Moon landing with a coloured Earth and glow-in-the-dark stars in the background, while the convex reverse shows the surface of the Moon – a landscape that made the reality of the universe more palpable than ever before.
The 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing is the Austrian Mint’s first fully convex coin. This means that one side of the coin bulges out, just like the real moonscape depicted on it.
The other side is curved inwards and features the lunar module and an astronaut as well as a colour-applied planet earth that glows in the dark. This spectacular coin commemorates that day 50 years ago when mankind got far closer to the reality of the universe than ever before.