DescriptionApollo 13 Flown U.S. Quarter Coin in Presentation Plaque, Originally from the Personal Collection of NASA Employee Tony Broadway. A 1936 Washington 25¢ piece mounted in an 8.5" x 6" Plexi-covered heavy wooden wall plaque above an engraved plate that reads: "This 25 Cent Coin Was the First U.S. Coin to Fly/ on the Aborted Apollo XIII Mission. Safe Return/ to Earth was Attributed to the LM 7 Power/ System. April 11, 1970 to April 17, 1970/ James Lovell Jack Swigert Fred Haise". Barely visible beneath the engraved message are the very faint "signatures" of the three named crewmembers as well as the replaced Ken Mattingly, apparently accomplished using a hand engraving tool or stylus. Very good condition with some scratching to the Plexi, easily repaired or replaced. The quarter is well worn.
Tony Broadway was the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building Supervisor for NASA, a well-liked figure with a close personal relationship with many of the astronauts. After leaving NASA, he opened a bar and restaurant in Rockledge, Florida that was a popular hangout for many of the Apollo astronauts. This is from his collection and hung in that bar for many years.
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