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    Apollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 146, Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Alan Bean, 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 features the dates of the mission, surnames of the crew, and the serial number. Excellent.

    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 Apollo 11 Silver Robbins Medal, number 146, traveled with Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Buzz Aldrin aboard their Command Module 'Columbia' during their mission to the moon in July 1969.

    "The medal has been in my personal collection since that time.

    "Alan Bean Apollo 12 LMP"

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    May, 2014
    14th Wednesday
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