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    From Michael Collins' collection

    Apollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 64, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, 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. Very desirable being from the collection of a crew member (and insignia designer). Excellent.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity on Collins' personal notecard reading, in full: "I hereby certify that Apollo XI Silver Robbins Medallion #64 was flown aboard the first lunar landing flight, July 1969. It has been in my personal collection since then. Michael Collins. Apollo XI CMP. June 22, 2016."


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