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    Apollo 15 Flown MS67 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 25, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Dave Scott, with Signed 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. A gorgeous Superb Gem Uncirculated example with detailed provenance from the mission commander.

    Included with this lot is an undated informative signed Letter of Certification from Dave Scott on his letterhead. It reads, in full: "Apollo 15 Silver Medallion No. 25 (Flown)

    I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 silver medallion number '25' included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 15, July 26- August 7, 1971.

    Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing and the first 'J' mission extended scientific exploration of the Moon. I was Commander, Al Worden was Command Module Pilot and Jim Irwin was Lunar Module Pilot. Jim Irwin and I landed the lunar module 'Falcon' on the Moon between Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains, an area located on the southeast edge of Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). Using the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), we travelled 27.9 km (17.3 miles) conducting three separate excursions to explore unique geological features in three distinct locations. We each logged 18 hours and 35 minutes in extravehicular activity (EVA); and we collected 77kg (170 pounds) of lunar surface rocks and soil. The 'Falcon' remained on the lunar surface for 66 hours and 54 minutes, after which we launched and completed a direct rendezvous (1:38:19) and docking with the Command and Service Module (CSM) 'Endeavor' in lunar orbit. During the three days we were on the Moon, Al Worden flew the 'Endeavor' solo in lunar orbit and operated the first Apollo scientific instrument module bay (SIM-bay), including two very large cameras and several major remote sensing instruments. Other Apollo 15 achievements included: the longest lunar surface stay time: the largest payloads ever placed into Earth and lunar orbits; the longest distance traversed on lunar surface; the first use of a lunar surface navigation device (on LRV-1); the first subsatellite launched in lunar orbit; and the first EVA from a CSM during transearth coast (performed by Worden when he retrieved three large film cassettes from Endeavor's SIM-Bay). Apollo 15 concluded the 12-day mission with a Pacific Ocean splashdown and recovery by the USS Okinawa.

    This Apollo 15 medallion was designed by the crew and manufactured by the Robbins Company, 1½ inches in diameter, made from sterling silver. The Apollo 15 mission emblem is on the obverse and after the mission the dates of Launch, Landing, and Return were engraved on the reverse. Serial number '25' is engraved on the medallion rim. Prior to the mission, 304 medallions were struck by the Robbins Company - these medallions contain the initials of the Apollo 15 mission emblem designer, Italian Emilio Pucci, just above the 'R' in Worden's name. These medallions also contained a spelling error of the landing site (i.e., 'Appenines' instead of correctly 'Apennines'). Apollo 15 was the first extended scientific exploration of the Moon, and due to spacecraft weight limitations, only 127 medallions were actually carried on the flight. However, in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) I carried a Spanish silver bar salvaged from the treasure of the Spanish 'Plate Fleet' that was destroyed by a hurricane in 1715. After the mission the Robbins Company re-struck the 177 medallions that had not flown and included the flown Spanish silver bar in the mix, and corrected the spelling of 'Apennine.' Thus the unflown medallions (as noted by the correct spelling of Apennine) actually contain this flown Spanish Plate Fleet treasure silver that was carried to the Moon during the mission. This Apollo 15 serial number '25' has been in my personal collection since the mission. [signed] Dave Scott".




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