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    Franklin Mint medal of Shepard's, flown to the moon

    Apollo 14 Flown Silver Franklin Mint Medallion, Serial Number 0030, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Alan Shepard, with 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. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first of these medals certified by Alan Shepard ever offered at public auction. It was given to the consignor, a family friend, by the two Shepard daughters in 1998, after the deaths of Alan and Louise. An incredible opportunity for the discerning collector. A beautiful medal.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity stating, in full: "To Whom It May Concern. This medallion - serial number 0030- was presented to me by NASA in 1983. It was created by the Franklin Mint and contains metal which was actually flown to the moon onboard the Apollo 14 mission! NASA finally released them after verifying their authenticity." Later research shows clearly that this medal actually flew to the moon as is.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    10th Friday
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