APOLLO 16Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 32, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, with Signed LOA. This 35mm diameter sterling silver medal was one of only ninety-eight (of a total mintage of 300) flown aboard Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, along with crewmembers John Young, Ken Mattingly, and Charlie Duke. The obverse features the mission insignia, an eagle and shield above the moon with the surnames of the crewmembers. The reverse features the engraved dates of the launch, landing, and return. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Medals from the collection of a crewmember are quite desirable. The original plastic Robbins case with numbered sticker on the bottom is included. Stunning.
Included with this lot is a 2001-dated signed Letter of Authenticity from Duke on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "This Is To Certify that the accompanying Apollo 16 Silver Robbins Medallion, Bearing Serial Number 32 was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 16, mankind's fifth historic lunar landing mission. Over the course of it's voyage, this medallion orbited the Moon 64 times over the course of 126 hours. It also traveled at speeds approaching 25.000 mph, both during it's acceleration into deep space and once again upon it's fiery re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Astronauts were permitted to carry personal effects with them aboard their missions, and I chose to include this medallion among mine. It has remained a part of my personal space collection for the previous 29 years, since its return from the Moon in April 1972."
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