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    Minted with Spanish treasure silver

    Apollo 15 Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 302, with Flown "Treasure Silver." This 35mm silver medal is one of 304 struck for the 1971 mission. Due to a spelling error on the landing site (Appennines instead of Apennines), only 127 were actually flown. The balance was returned to the Robbins Company for correction but were not ready in time for the takeoff. The obverse features the mission insignia depicting three stylized birds flying above the Hadley Rille area of the moon with craters spelling out "XV" to the right. The reverse features the phrase "Man's Flight Through Life Is Sustained By The Power Of His Knowledge" around, Air Force wings (it was an all-Air Force crew), and the dates of the mission. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. The original plastic Robbins case is included. Excellent.

    Before the mission, Al Worden obtained a silver ingot from a 1715 Spanish treasure ship wreck off the coast of Cape Canaveral. This small ingot was flown on Apollo 15 and then sent to Robbins to be added to the melt from unflown medals 128 to 304. Thus, the unflown Apollo 15 Robbins medals contain a small amount of centuries-old treasure silver.


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