Lot 5083: Unflown Apollo 15 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5? diameter, with a raised design on the face of the Apollo 15 mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved "Man's Flight Through Life Is Sustained by the Power of His Knowledge" along with the July 26, 1971, launch date; July 30, 1971, moon landing date; and August 7, 1971, return date. This medal is serial numbered "303" along the rim and was not flown. Medal comes in its original case, also numbered "303." Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Al Worden, in part: "I hereby certify that this medallion, number 303, has been in my possession since the flight of Apollo 15. It is part of a collection of medallions produced as memento's [sic], but was not carried on the flight."
Prior to Apollo 15 the entire run of Robbins medallions was always carried on each mission, but due to weight restrictions only the first 127 of 304 minted were carried into space. Prior to the mission, however, Al Worden acquired an ingot of silver salvaged from the Spanish 'Plate Fleet' that was sunk in 1715 off the Florida coast. Dave Scott carried this ingot in his PPK during the mission, and after Apollo 15 the unflown Robbins medallions and the silver ingot were returned to the Robbins company, melted down together, and restruck. So, despite its unflown status, this Robbins medal contains a significant percentage of silver that was indeed flown on the Apollo 15 mission.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $1500 - 2000
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