Commemorative First Day Coin Cover Honors the 20th Anniversary of Moon Landing
This neat coin cover is franked with US #2419
. The stamp was issued on July 20, 1989, the 20th anniversary of the first legendary Moon landing. It's First Day Ceremony took place in Washington DC, where the cover was canceled.
The cover also includes a $5 Marshall Islands coin, which design features an astronaut (presumably Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin) stepping down from a ship and onto the moon for the first time – a ground-breaking moment in the history of mankind.
This commemorative First Day Coin Cover will make the perfect addition to your space or Moon landing collection. Order yours right away!
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged American scientists to land a man on the Moon. While Kennedy did not live to see his vision realized, it was accomplished in just eight years.
Fittingly, Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969. Among the items astronaut Neil Armstrong carried with him was a piece of wood from the Wright brothers’ 1903 plane, to show how far aviation had advanced.
On July 20, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface while Michael Collins orbited the Moon. Back on Earth, a record 600 million people watched as Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon. As Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module, the Eagle, he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Later, Armstrong commented to Aldrin, “It has a stark beauty all its own. It’s like much of the high desert in the United States. It’s different, but it’s pretty out here.”
In addition to collecting samples, setting up equipment, and conducting experiments, the astronauts left behind a plaque that read, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” After returning to Earth, they were honored with parades, a world tour, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Moon landing was a pivotal event of the century. It was a major technological feat and ushered in a new era in space cooperation in which the US collaborated with Space Race rivals, the Soviet Union.