APOLLO 7Apollo 7 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 172, Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Charlie Duke, with Signed LOA. This 32mm x 24mm sterling silver medal was one of only 255 flown aboard Apollo 7, the first manned mission in the Apollo program, October 11-22, 1968, with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. It was an eleven-day Earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and the first three-man American space launch. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia depicting a command service module, engine firing with the trail from that fire encircling a globe and extending out, symbolizing the Earth-orbital nature of the mission. The Roman numeral "VII" appears in the South Pacific Ocean and the crew's names appears on a wide arc at the bottom. The reverse has the date of the launch, the serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Included is the original plastic case. Beautiful.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Duke on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "This Is To Certify that the accompanying Apollo 7 Silver Robbins Medallion, bearing Serial Number 172, was flown aboard the first manned Apollo mission of October 11-27, 1968. During the Apollo Program, astronauts were permitted to obtain Robbins Medallions from each others missions, and as such I acquired this example shortly after Apollo 7 returned to Earth. Medallion No. 172 is one of only 255 silver medals flown aboard the first Apollo mission, and as such it has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection since 1968."
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