On September 12th, 1962 then-President John F. Kennedy gave a rousing speech outlining the United States’ goal of being the first Nation to get a man on the moon. He charged, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too"
Unfortunately, the President would not see the extraordinary results of his call to action for the American Nation, but on July 20th, 1969, just short of seven years later, the first men, American men, would travel 230,000 miles to the moon to explore its then unknown surface. This achievement was not just a pivotal triumph for the United States, but for all of humanity. It stoked the imaginations of generations around the world and acted as a shining example of mankind’s potential. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Mints from around the world are releasing outstanding commemorative coins which honor the historic moment so you, and your collection, can join in on the celebration.