NGC-Certified "Ex. Michael Collins"Apollo 11 Flown MS65 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, Serial Number 358, with Handwritten LOA. This 28mm sterling silver medal was one of 450 flown aboard Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing, July 16-24, 1969, with crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. The obverse depicts Collins' early and original concept for the mission insignia with the eagle carrying an olive branch in its mouth. NASA thought the sharp, open talons of the eagle looked too "warlike" and the olive branch, representing peace, was moved to the claws. This is one of, if not the only, major official item that renders the insignia as it was meant to be by the astronaut designer. The reverse has the dates of the mission, surnames of the crew, and the serial number. A wonderful Gem Uncirculated example from a member of this historical mission, rarely offered as such. Appropriate for even the most advanced collection.
Included in this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity on his personal letterhead. It reads, in full: "I hereby certify that the accompanying Apollo XI Robbins medallion, serial number 358, was carried by me aboard Apollo XI in July 1969, and has been in my personal possession ever since. Michael Collins/ Apollo XI CMP/ March 2014"
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