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    Apollo 15 Flown MS67 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 105, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin, with Letter of Authenticity. This 35mm sterling silver medal is one of only 127 flown to the moon aboard Apollo 15, July 26 - August 7, 1971, with crewmembers Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. There were 304 of these originally struck for the 1971 mission but due to capsule weight restrictions, only a portion were actually flown. Also, there was a spelling error on the landing site (Appennines instead of Apennines), so after the flight, the unflown medals were returned to the Robbins Company for correction. The obverse features the mission insignia depicting three stylized birds flying above the Hadley Rille area of the moon with craters spelling out "XV" to the right. The reverse features the phrase "Man's Flight Through Life Is Sustained By The Power Of His Knowledge" around, Air Force wings (it was an all-Air Force crew), and the dates of the mission. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Included is a photocopy of the original Robbins medal distribution list in Irwin's handwriting. A gorgeous Superb Gem Uncirculated example with detailed provenance.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on High Flight Foundation letterhead from Mary Irwin, dated October 8, 2007, stating in full: "The medallion enclosed with this letter was carried to the Moon during July 26 to August 7, 1971 on Apollo 15, which was the fourth manned lunar landing mission. The flight employed the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon's surface. It was the first flight to make three separate surface explorations by my late husband Astronaut James Irwin and David Scott. There were only a total of 127 silver medallions carried on the flight. Due to a spelling error of the landing site name, 177 of the 304 medallions originally struck were returned to the Robbins Company to correct the error. Because of the length of this process, they could not be corrected prior to the Apollo 15 launch date and were not flown. The 127 medallions that were flown with the error contain the initials of the Apollo 15 mission emblem designer, Italian Emilio Pucci. His initials are just above the "R" in Worden's name. The silver used for these medallions came from a 1715 Spanish ship wreck off the coast of Cape Canaveral. This medallion has been in our private collection since 1971. The Apollo 15 mission emblem is on the front of the medallion with the mission launch, lunar landing, and return dates engraved on the back. It is one of the Robbins series of flown Apollo medallions and is serial number 105 of the Apollo 15 set. In addition, a copy of the original medallion distribution list with serial numbers written by my husband's own hand is included."




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