Apollo 13 Franklin Mint Medal with Thomas K. Mattingly Listed on Reverse.Apollo 13 NGC-Encapsulated PF64 Franklin Mint Silver Medal Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Serial Number 0041. This 38mm medallion features the mission insignia on the obverse that 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 images of and the text "Spacecraft Odyssey and Aquarius" and the crew's full names: "James A. Lovell Jr - Fred W. Haise Jr - Thomas K Mattingly". The NGC tag reads: "APOLLO 13 FRANKLIN MINT/ 1970 SPECIMEN #0041/ MEDAL PF 64/ EX. JAMES A. LOVELL, JR." Excellent condition.
Besides the Robbins Medals, only two Apollo missions that had other commemorative medals struck to fly aboard the spacecraft were Apollo 13 and Apollo 14. These Franklin Mint medals have been a center of controversy and mystery since their striking. The true facts regarding the Apollo 14 medals have recently come to light. Up until now, the story on the Apollo 13 versions is that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and destroyed. Continuing research shows that it can definitively be said that there were just 200 individually serial numbered specimens struck, just like Apollo 14, for the commander of the mission.
What makes this so very special at this time is that this is one of only two items that has been discovered to contain the names of the original crew (Mattingly was replaced at the last minute by Swigert). There were 404 Apollo 13 Robbins Medals restruck with the corrected crew names. This medal is from the personal collection of Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell and is offered with a signed certification on his letterhead. It is NGC tagged "Ex. James A. Lovell Jr". Combine all these factors and there is little doubt that all collectors, especially medal specialists, will be enthusiastic about this item.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this Apollo 13 sterling silver Franklin Mint medal #0041, which also lists the original scheduled crew on its reverse, is one of the 200 original specimens that were made for me to take aboard the mission April 11-17, 1970. This medal is from my personal collection and has been in my possession since the mission until being offered now."
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