Franklin Mint medal flown to the moonApollo 14 Flown PF63 Cameo NGC Silver Franklin Mint Medallion, Serial Number 0119, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Initialed and Certified on Original Holder, with Handwritten and Signed LOA. The obverse of this 39mm medal (one of two hundred minted) bears the mission insignia depicting 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". Each of the three Apollo 14 crewmembers carried sixty-five of these in their Command Module PPKs (for a total of 195 flown). After the mission, as many as fifty of them were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down toward the production of the Apollo 14 commemorative mini-coins that were sent to Franklin Mint subscribers in 1971. The rest were retained by the crewmembers themselves. This Franklin Mint medal with Mitchell's handwritten provenance is a particularly desirable item. Dr. Mitchell has signed on the front of this medal's original 2x2 holder: "Flown - 'Kittyhawk'/ No. 0119/ EM" which is included. A beautiful medal.
Included with this lot is a handwritten, signed Certificate of Authenticity dated November 17, 2007, on his personal letterhead stating, in part: "This letter will certify that Apollo 14 silver Franklin Mint Medallion, serial number 0119 was flown to the moon aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk on the mission January 31 - February 9, 1971... This is one of the original 195 flown medallions accounted for in the crew PPK inventory. Edgar Mitchell. Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot."
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