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    "I proudly wore this medallion many times to private and public functions."

    Apollo 15 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Made into a 14K White Gold Pendant Set with Twenty-six Diamonds, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin with Signed Typed and Handwritten Letters from Mary Irwin and Copy of Jewelry Appraisal. A stunning 1.875" diameter pendant, hallmarked 14K on the reverse, set with diamonds around (total weight approximately 1.43 carats) and containing a flown sterling silver Robbins medal, 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. 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 medal proudly illustrates that is was lovingly worn by Irwin's wife until his untimely death in 1991. A real treasure.

    The entire story of this pendant is told by Mary Irwin in both handwritten and typed signed Letters of Certification that read as follows:

    "I, Mary Ellen Irwin-Vickers, hereby certify that this Apollo 15 medallion made from sterling silver and 11/4 inches in diameter was flown by my late husband, Colonel James B. Irwin (lunar module pilot) on his Apollo 15 mission to the moon July 26, 1971 to August 7, 1971.

    "There were only a total of 127 silver medallions carried on the flight. Due to a spelling error of the landing site to the Apennine Mountains of the moon 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, Emilio Pucci. His initials are just above the "R" in Worden's name. The error is in the spelling which is: Apennines and should be Apennine.

    "Upon the Apollo 15 crews return to home ( NASA Space Center Houston, Texas) a Houston jewelry store owner offered to ring, this flown medallion, with 26 bead diamonds set in a pendant ornament of white gold marked 14k.

    "I proudly wore this medallion many times to private and public functions. Most of the astronaut wives, whose husbands had flown on a mission, proudly wore their flown medallions and perhaps we all felt like we had special bragging rights.

    "On March 12, 1980 I had my medallion, along with other jewelry, appraised at Zerbe Jewelers, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enclosed is that appraisal.

    "After my husband passed away August 8, 1991, I no longer wore my very special medallion but kept it in my safety-deposit box at my bank.

    "This medallion has been in our private collection since 1971 and was ringed with gold and diamonds around the medallion that same summer right after the flight. Probably in September of 1971."

    Also included is a second, shorter LOA along with a copy of the 1980 appraisal where it was valued at $4350.

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    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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