Pursuant to Public Law 114-282 the US Mint will in 2019 be issuing four special commemorative coins on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by the crew of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969.
The law authorizers the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue domed $5 gold coins, domed $1 silver coins, domed half-dollar clad coins, and domed 5 ounce $1 silver proof coins. The coins are set display shared obverse and reverse designs. The reverse design, which will feature on the convex side of the coin, must be a representation of the “Buzz Aldrin on the Moon” photo. This design will be designed by US Mint designers.
The obverse design, or concave side of the coin, in turn is the subject of a public design competition to be held by the US Mint. The design must be “emblematic of the United States space program leading up to the first manned Moon landing”.
The competition is open to US Citizens or permanent residents of the USA who are 18 years or older and will proceed in two phases. In the first phase artists are asked to submit a portfolio, consisting of three to five examples of their work. From these submissions no more than twenty candidates will be selected to submit one obverse design each for the proposed coin. From there the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will make their recommendations on the preferred design. The winning artist will receive a prize of $5000 in addition to having their work minted on the commemorative coins.
Applications may be submitted between May 1, 2017, and June 29, 2017. The artist who are selected to submit further designs will be notified by July 31st and final submissions must be received by the 8th of September, 2017. The winner of the competition will be announced in 2018.
This will be the second domed coin that the US Mint will be releasing, with the first naturally being the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame coin.
Full details of the competition can be viewed on the US Mint's webpage here : https://www.usmint.gov/news/design-competitions/apollo-11