DescriptionApollo 14 Flown Silver Franklin Mint Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Serial Number 0117. 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". Each of the three Apollo 14 crew members carried sixty-five of these 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 down 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. Excellent condition.
Dr. Mitchell has certified this medal on its 2x2 holder: "Flown on 'Kittyhawk'/ No. 0117/ EM".
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Dr. Mitchell on his personal letterhead stating (in part: "This certification accompanies Apollo 14 Franklin Mint Medal, number 0117. This medal was flown aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk on the Apollo 14 expedition to the moon which launched January 31, 1971, with Captain Alan Shepard as the commander, Commander Edgar Mitchell as Lunar Module Pilot, and Lt. Colonel Stuart Roosa as the Command Module Pilot..."
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