DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Serial Number 283. A 32mm sterling silver medallion in its original Robbins Company plastic box of issue with the "283" 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), the engraved dates of launch and return, the serial number, and the sterling hallmark. Robbins medallions from the collections of crewmembers of the particular flight are the most desirable to collectors. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that Robbins Silver Medallion - Serial Number 283 was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This medallion was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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