Fred Haise Autographed – Half Dollar Set PR70DCAM (Proof) – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 – First Day of Issue, Launch Ceremony

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Fred Haise Autographed – Half Dollar Set PR70DCAM (Proof) – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 – First Day of Issue, Launch Ceremony

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DESCRIPTION:

PCGS PR70DCAM 2019-S Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Half Dollar Set (Proof) – First Day of Issue, Launch Ceremony – Hand-signed by Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

Released on January 24th, this coin comes from the official Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coin Program Launch Ceremony at Kennedy Space Center. This half dollar coin set was minted to celebrate the first manned moon landing and is the first United States clad coin with a proof finish, reeded edge, and curved shape. Graded PR70DCAM by PCGS, this coin comes with both a US Mint Certificate of Authenticity and an insert hand-signed by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. Proceeds from the purchase of this coin benefit The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to paying tribute to our fallen astronauts and to inspiring future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.

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BIOGRAPHY:

Fred Haise, in full Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., (born November 14, 1933, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.), American astronaut, participant in the Apollo 13 mission (April 11–17, 1970), in which an intended Moon landing was canceled because of a rupture in a fuel-cell oxygen tank in the service module. The crew, consisting of Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell, returned safely to Earth, however, making use of the life-support system in the lunar module.

Haise became a naval aviation cadet in 1952 and served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps (1954–56). After obtaining a bachelor’s degree (1959) from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Haise joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a test pilot; he was selected for the manned space program in 1966.

After the Apollo program was closed in 1977, Haise was assigned to the space shuttle program for two years. He then retired from NASA and accepted an executive position with the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (later Northrop Grumman Corporation); he retired from the company in 1996. Apollo 13, Ron Howard’s film about the 1970 mission, was released in 1995 to critical acclaim.

[Source of Haise Biography: The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica]

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SPECIFICATIONS

Coin: Apollo & Kennedy

Denomination: Half Dollar

Finish: Proof or Enhanced Reverse Proof (for Kennedy only)

Composition: 8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper

Overall Height: 0.123 inch

Weight: 11.340 grams

Diameter: 1.205 inches

Edge: Reeded

Mint and Mint Mark: San Francisco – S

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