Coins From Outer Space!

October 2nd, 2016 by

Who would’ve thought that the awe-inspiring outer space of the cosmos would ever be home to collectible coins? In a fascinating event, the public has a chance to own a piece of the historic space missions of NASA at an upcoming rare coin auction later this October.

Along with other quaint items—think: hitting a golf ball on the moon—that went up into space with astronauts on the various NASA missions, a range of interesting and historic numismatic items have traveled beyond our atmosphere and into outer space.

Astronaut Steve Robinson conducting EVA from the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS 114) April 2005
(photo: NASA – Public domain)

Coin World reports that RR Auction is hosting the sale of a number of these rare, one-of-a-kind collectibles for the week from October 13th to October 20th.

Included in the lot will be U.S. coins, paper money, and other numismatic items like a silver medal from the Apollo 8 mission and a $2 bill signed by the astronauts aboard the spaceship Endeavor during the Apollo 15 mission (pictured, right).

Image courtesy of RR Auction via Coin World

In one cases, a group of over 50 Mercury dimes (which are struck from 90% pure silver) were recovered in 1999 from the vessel that landed and sank into the Atlantic Ocean upon the spacecraft returning from suborbital flight in 1961.

Provenance is always an important factor in assessing the rarity, importance, and authenticity of an historical coin. With some unique collectibles, the backstory could be the biggest such factor. In this circumstance, knowing which mission the numismatic items came from adds to the story.

Not to mention the fact that the coins went to outer space! No estimates for how much these coins and other pieces are expected to sell for have been offered yet.


The opinions and forecasts herein are provided solely for informational purposes, and should not be used or construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation to buy or sell any product.

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