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    Minted with Spanish treasure silver

    Apollo 15 Unflown MS64 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 303, with Flown "Treasure Silver," Originally from the Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Al Worden, with Signed Certificate of Authenticity. This 35mm silver medal is one of 304 struck for the 1971 mission. Due to a spelling error on the landing site (Appennines instead of Apennines), only 127 were actually flown. The balance was returned to the Robbins Company for correction but were not ready in time for the takeoff. 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 Choice Uncirculated example.

    Before the mission, Al Worden obtained a silver ingot from a 1715 Spanish treasure ship wreck off the coast of Cape Canaveral. This small ingot was flown on Apollo 15 and then sent to Robbins to be added to the melt from unflown medals 128 to 304. Thus, the unflown Apollo 15 Robbins medals contain an amount of centuries-old treasure silver.

    Included with this lot is a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Worden on his letterhead reading, in full: "I hereby certify that this medallion, number 303, has been in my possession since the flight of Apollo 15. It is part of a collection of medallions produced as memento's, but was not carried on the flight. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing mission, carrying for the first time a lunar rover and a Scientific Instrument Bay in the Service Module. The flight was launched on July 26 and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on August 7, 1971, logging flight time of 295.2 hours and a distance of over 1.4 million miles. Dave Scott and Jim Irwin explored the region of Hadley Rille for three days while I conducted scientific experiments in orbit. On the return to Earth I performed a 38 minute Extra Vehicular Activity (Spacewalk) to recover film that had been exposed during the flight. Apollo 15 has been declared the most scientific flight in the Apollo series."


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