Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 54...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Ex. Edgar Mitchell
Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 54,
Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Backup Lunar
Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, 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
Included with this lot is a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Dr. Mitchell on his letterhead stating, in part: "This certification accompanies Apollo 16 Robbins Medallion, serial number 054. The medallion was flown aboard the spacecraft Casper on the Apollo 16 expedition to the moon which launched April 16, 1972, with John Young as the commander, Charlie Duke as Lunar Module Pilot, and Ken Mattingly as the Command Module Pilot. I served as Backup Lunar Module Pilot for this mission... As a member of the Astronaut Office at the time of this flight, I was permitted to purchase this medal, one of only 98 that flew on the mission. There were 300 produced in total. I hereby certify that I presented this medal to Jean Beaulieu shortly after the mission and it has been in her possession since receiving it."
Also included is a signed Letter of Provenance from Jean Beaulieu stating, in full: "For several years I was fortunate to be both friend and associate to Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Due to our association, Dr. Mitchell gave me a Robbins Medallion after each the Apollo flights. I still have nine of the flown medals in my possession. While I was employed as an artist at NASA, I submitted the insignia design which was chosen for the Apollo 14 Mission and used for the Robbins Medallion. Early in our association, I was pleased to introduce Dr. Mitchell to the psychic world. He developed a deep interest in the world of psychic phenomena, which lead him to conduct ESP experiments from space during the Apollo 14 flight. After he completed his mission, I became Dr. Mitchell's assistant while he further explored metaphysical phenomena, wrote his first book Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, Understanding the Nature and Power of Consciousness, and founded the Institute of Noetic Science.
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