DescriptionApollo 15 Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 304. This 35mm sterling silver medal is the final example 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 was 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. Original case (crack on lid) with pad and numbered sticker on the bottom included. Excellent condition.
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. For more information from Robbins expert Howard Weinberger on the Apollo 15 (and Apollo 12) "Treasure Medals," please click on this link.
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