DescriptionApollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Serial Number 343. This 28mm sterling silver medal was one of 450 flown on Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, the first manned lunar landing. Its three-man crew consisted of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. 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" so they moved the olive branch, representing peace, 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. Medal in excellent condition.
A signed letter from the consignor will be included with this lot; it explains that this medallion as well as an Apollo 11 insurance cover (also in this auction) was given to his late sister-in-law by Aldrin in the late 1970s.
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