Serial Number One! Originally from Pete Conrad's collection.
Apollo 12 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Jim
Rathmann Collection, Serial Number 1.
Originally presented to
Rathmann by Apollo 12 Commander Charles Conrad. This 32mm silver
medal was one of 262 flown to the moon aboard Apollo 12, November
14-24, 1969, with crewmembers Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan
Bean. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia
depicting a clipper ship arriving at the moon (it was an all-Navy
crew), trailing fire and flying the U.S. flag. There are four stars
in the background, one each for the three astronauts who flew the
mission and one for Clifton Williams who was killed on October 5,
1967, during a training flight. He had been assigned to the back-up
crew for what would be the Apollo 9 mission and would have most
likely been assigned as lunar module pilot for Apollo 12. The
reverse has the dates of the mission along with the serial number.
It does not have a sterling hallmark as the first eighty-two of
these medals were struck from silver recovered from a 1715 Spanish
treasure ship. A rare opportunity to own the lowest serial number
from this limited mintage. Generally excellent condition.
It was actually Jim Rathmann who helped Pete Conrad obtain the
silver from the 1715 Plate Fleet wrecks to strike the first
eighty-two of these medals. For more information from Robbins
expert Howard Weinberger on the Apollo 12 (and Apollo 15) "Treasure
Medals," please click on this link
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