The rarest of all Apollo-flown medallions.Apollo 1 Gold-Colored Fliteline Medallion Flown on Apollo 9 by Mission Commander Jim McDivitt, Originally from the Ed White II Family Collection, with Signed COA from his Son. This 32mm medal features the mission insignia on the obverse depicting a Command/ Service Module flying over the southeastern United States. The moon is in the distance, symbolizing the program's eventual goal. The reverse has "WHITE GRISSOM CHAFFEE APOLLO 1" around; the center is typically found to be blank. This one, though, has the dates of the Apollo 9 mission engraved signifying that it did fly in space March 3-13, 1969. Original case included. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
A few Apollo 1 medallions were carried in Jim McDivitt's PPK aboard Apollo 9 as a favor to the families of the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire. One of the Apollo 1 astronauts, Ed White II, had flown with McDivitt on the Gemini 4 mission. McDivitt carried one gold-colored medallion for each of the surviving widows (and silver-colored ones for each child). After Apollo 9 returned, the flown medallions were engraved on the reverse with the dates of the mission. This one was presented to the White family where it remained until its sale at auction in 2001.
Included with this lot is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Edward H. White III on behalf of his father's estate stating, in full: "This document shall certify that this gold plated Apollo 1 medallion was flown on Apollo 9 by Mission Commander James McDivitt. After the flight, he presented the medallion to my mother. The medallion has remained in my family's possession since that time."
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