DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Backup Crew Commander John Young, Serial Number 402. A 32mm diameter sterling silver medallion in its original Robbins Company plastic box of issue with the serial number "402" on a sticker on the bottom. The Apollo 13 medals are an interesting story. From Howard Weinberger's book, The Robbins Medallions: Flown Treasure from the Apollo Space Program, "Due to the last minute crew change and unfortunate circumstances that prohibited Apollo 13 from accomplishing its mission, all of the original flown medallions were melted down. Subsequently, 404 newly designed sterling silver medallions were struck from the 'flown metal.'" The design includes the name of the mission, three of Apollo's chariot horses flying toward the Moon, and the slogan "Ex Luna, Scientia" ("from the moon, knowledge"). The reverse features the names of the crewmembers, the modules, Aquarius (lunar) and Odyssey (command), and the engraved dates of launch and return along with the serial number and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. A stunning medal in excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Certification signed "John W. Young" on his personal stationery, stating: "I hereby certify that Apollo 13 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 402, was struck from silver flown to the moon aboard Apollo 13 April 11-17, 1970, and has been part of my personal collection since the mission."
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