DescriptionApollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 218, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Support Crew Member Jack Swigert, with 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. The original plastic Robbins case with numbered sticker on the bottom is included. Excellent.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Authenticity signed by Jack Swigert's sister, Virginia Swigert, certifying "that this Apollo 11 Robbins medal flown-- serial number 218-- was personally owned by Jack Swigert" and that it comes directly from his estate.
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