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  • The 2019-W Apollo 11 50th Anniversary gold $5 coin.

Published: 1/22/2019 3:00:18 PM
Modified: 1/22/2019 3:00:17 PM

The U.S. Mint will begin taking orders for the Apollo 11 Moon Mission commemorative coins at noon on Jan. 24. The program will consist of proof and circulation-quality strikes of a gold five dollar, silver dollar, five ounce proof silver dollar, and clad half dollar coins.

The coins will share the same design, with one side featuring an astronaut's footprint on the moon, with the other side showing a view of an astronaut standing outside of the space capsule on the moon. An enhanced proof version of the 2019 Kennedy half dollar will be offered with the Apollo half as a two coin set.

These coins will be sold individually, in sets of three, and sets of all six (the five ounce dollar is a separate item). Unfortunately, the authorizing legislation set a mintage limit for the gold coin at 50,000. Even with an ordering limit of one per household, this will probably sell out very quickly on the first day of availability.

To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at, or call them at 1-800-USA-MINT.

There is no coin show this Sunday at Devens; that will resume on February 24.

A major railroad hobby show will be held on Jan. 26-27 at the Eastern States Exposition on Route 147 in West Springfield. The largest railroad show in New England, it is in five buildings on the expo grounds, with vendors offering model railroad items, and railroad photos, books, and memorabilia.

There are admission and parking fees. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.   

The first class mailing rate increases to 55 cents on Jan. 27, and this will cause five new stamps to debut that day. The only first class rate issue will be four flag forever stamps issued in a double-sided pane of 20.

Other stamps due on Jan. 27 include one depicting the California dogface butterfly (two ounce rate), a new priority rate stamp and stamped envelope, and a priority express mail stamp. The priority items have very high denominations, reflecting the cost of those services.

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