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    Interesting and Rare Franklin Mint Medal Flown to the Moon on Apollo 14.

    Apollo 14 Command Module Flown Silver Franklin Mint Medallion from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Serial Number 125. The obverse of this 39mm medal (one of two hundred minted) bears the mission insignia of an Astronaut Pin flying to the moon. The reverse depicts the surface of the moon with the inscription "Spacecraft/ Kitty Hawk & Antares/ Destination/ Fra Mauro - 1971". With the help of Dr. Mitchell, space memorabilia expert Howard Weinberger has just recently revealed the full story of these heretofore-mysterious Franklin Mint pieces. Each of the three Apollo 14 crew members carried sixty-five of them in their Command Module PPKs (for a total of 195 flown). After the mission, either twenty-five or fifty of them were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted toward the production of 129,000+ Apollo 14 commemorative mini-coins that were sent to Franklin Mint subscribers in 1971. The rest were retained by the crewmembers themselves. Since Dr. Mitchell is the only surviving Apollo 14 crewmember, the Franklin Mint medallions from his collection and with his written provenance are very desirable. Generally excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a Letter of Authenticity from Dr. Mitchell on his personal letterhead stating that, "...[this] Apollo 14 Silver Franklin Mint Medallion, serial number #0125, was carried into lunar orbit aboard the Command Module Kittyhawk on the Apollo 14 mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands January 31 to February 9, 1971. It was in lunar orbit for 67 hours. This medallion has been in my personal collection of Apollo memorabilia since that time. Enjoy it in remembrance of that historic period."

    For more information on this topic, be sure to read Howard Weinberger's article, The Apollo 14 Franklin Mint Medals.


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