How Much Is the First Men on the Moon $5 Commemorative Coin Worth?

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 moon landing, the Marshall Islands issued a $5 coin. Made of copper and nickel, the coin bears an image of an astronaut stepping down from the moon lander onto the moon’s surface on the obverse and a Marshall Island’s seal on the reverse. Values, as of 2014, range from under $1 to about $10, according to eBay.

Because the 1989 issue coin is not made of a precious metal, its value as a collectible lies in its subject. The First Men on the Moon coin, though legal tender of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, was never in circulation. Many uncirculated, excellent condition coins exist. The packaging includes a tri-fold cardboard folder with the plastic-wrapped coin in a holder at the center. Unfolding around the coin holder, the flaps describe the history of America’s space program, ambitions to go to the moon and the Marshall Islands’ relationship to the space program. Another insert contains a picture of the Apollo 11 astronauts and gives a brief biography of Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz?” Aldrin and Michael Collins. The Marshall Islands, located in the South Pacific, had been an important staging area for the U.S. during World War II and a monitoring station for the Space Shuttle program.