NGC-Certified "Ex. John W. Young"
Apollo 13 Flown MS69 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Originally
from the Personal Collection of Mission Backup Commander
John Young, Serial Number 402, with Signed LOA.
A 32mm sterling
silver medal. Due to the last minute crew change and the problems
that prohibited Apollo 13 from accomplishing its mission, all of
the original flown medallions were melted down. This is one of 404
newly designed sterling silver medallions that were struck from the
flown metal. The design features the mission insignia depicting the
name of the mission, three of Apollo's chariot horses flying toward
the Moon, and the slogan "Ex Luna, Scientia
" ("from the
moon, knowledge"). The reverse features the names of the
crewmembers, the modules, Aquarius (lunar) and Odyssey (command),
the engraved dates of launch and return, the serial number, and the
sterling and Robbins hallmarks. A gorgeous Superb Gem Uncirculated
example; you're not likely to find a nicer one.
Included in this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on Young's
letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that Apollo 13
silver Robbins Medal, serial number 402, was struck from silver
flown to the moon aboard Apollo 13 April 11-17, 1970, and has been
a part of my personal collection since the mission. [signed]
John W. Young
/ Apollo Astronaut"
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