Franklin Mint medal flown to the moon.Apollo 14 Flown Silver Franklin Mint Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Serial Number 0105, Signed and Certified. 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, as many as 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. Dr. Mitchell has signed on this medal's 2x2 holder: "Flown on 'Kittyhawk'/ No. 0105/ EM". Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a letter of authenticity signed "Edgar Mitchell" on his personal letterhead, stating (in part): "This letter is to certify that the accompanying medallion engraved by Franklin Mint with the Apollo 14 insignia and bearing serial number 0105 was carried into lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 14 spacecraft Kittyhawk which launched January 31, 1971 from Cape Kennedy and recovered February 9, 1971 in the South Pacific Ocean... Enjoy this bit of memorabilia from that historic period in Earth's global history."
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