NGC-Certified "Ex. Alan Bean"Apollo 12 Flown MS65 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean, Serial Number 97, with Handwritten LOA. This 32mm sterling silver medal was one of 262 flown to the moon aboard Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, with crewmembers Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan Bean. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia depicting a clipper ship arriving at the moon (it was an all-Navy crew), trailing fire and flying the U.S. flag. There are four stars in the background, one each for the three astronauts who flew the mission and one for Clifton Williams who was killed on October 5, 1967, during a training flight. He had been assigned to the back-up crew for what would be the Apollo 9 mission and would have most likely been assigned as lunar module pilot for Apollo 12. The reverse has the dates of the mission along with the serial number and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. A Gem Uncirculated example from the collection of a moonwalker and crew member.
Included in this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity on Bean's letterhead stating, in full:
"I hereby certify that this accompanying Silver Apollo 12 Robbins Medal, identified by serial number 97 was flown into lunar orbit aboard our CSM on the Apollo 12 mission. November 14-24, 1969.
"Our crew were all Naval Officers and we honored this theme by featuring an American Clipper Ship in our mission patch design. The four stars represent our crew and C. C. Williams, the original Lunar Module Pilot, who was killed in an airplane crash.
"This medallion has been in my personal collection since our mission and its legacy and preservation will become your responsibility. [signed] Alan L Bean/ LMP Apollo 12"
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