DescriptionApollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 409, Originally from the Collection of Mary Bubb, the First Female Reporter to Cover the Space Program, with Signed Letter of Provenance. 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. This was awarded to a legendary member of the Space community by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. A beautiful medal. From the Apollo 11 collection of Ronald Ulrich.
Mary Bubb spent three decades in Florida, covering every aspect of America's Space program for Reuters as well as free-lancing for Time-Life, the London Daily Telegraph, and numerous other press services, newspapers and magazines. She was the first female reporter to do this and was well-respected for her amazing technical knowledge. To quote her 1988 obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, "When other reporters were asking general questions, Bubb was asking about the molecular structure of fuels used in the Saturn V rockets." She was known also for her lavish parties which all the astronauts and officials attended and also the elaborate hats she wore to launches.
Included with this medal is a letter of provenance from the current owners. It reads, in full: "This Apollo 11 Robins Medallion #409 Flown was awarded to Mary Bubb, a Reuters News Service reporter and the first female reporter to cover the space program from its inception to her death in 1988. Two of the three Apollo 11 astronauts who flew to the moon, each awarded her a ½ share of a Medallion which resulted in #409 being given to her. This Medallion remained in Mary's possession until it was sold at auction to cover some of Mary's medical expenses. It was purchased by Bernard Passion, an avid and well known Apollo 11 collector. This Medallion remained in Bernard's possession until his death in 1992 when it was passed by Will to Ronald Ulrich, Bernard's very close friend and also an avid and well known Apollo 11 collector. The Medallion remained in Ronald's possession until his death in 2015 when it passed to his two brothers, Michael and John Ulrich and it has been in their possession since."
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