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    One of the rare "Treasure SIlver" medals

    Apollo 12 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 48, Directly from the Family Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon. This 32mm silver medal was one of 262 flown to the moon aboard Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, with crewmembers Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean. The medals with serial numbers 1-82 were minted from an ingot of silver salvaged from a Spanish treasure ship and thus do not have the "sterling" hallmark. This makes them the second rarest variety of Apollo-flown silver Robbins medals (next to the Apollo 17). 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. Here is a special piece of silver that once traveled from the "old" world to the "new" and much later, from the earth to the moon and back. Seldom-offered and a "must-have" for the completist Robbins collector. Medals from Gordon's collection are rarely offered. Obverse unevenly toned.

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    November, 2019
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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