DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Serial Number 138, with Signed LOA. A 32mm sterling silver medal in its original Robbins Company plastic box of issue with the "138" sticker on the bottom. Due to the last minute crew change and the problems that prohibited Apollo 13 from accomplishing its mission, all of the original flown medallions were melted down. This is one of 404 newly-designed sterling silver medallions that were struck from the "flown metal." The design features the mission insignia depicting 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 and Robbins hallmarks. Robbins medallions from the collections of crewmembers of the particular flight are quite desirable to collectors. A beautiful medal.
Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Lovell on his company letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that this Robbins Silver Medallion - Serial Number 138 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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