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    From the originator of the Robbins medal series

    Apollo 7 Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion Restrike, Serial Number 268, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham, with Signed LOA and Signed Color Photo. This 32mm x 24mm sterling silver medal was one of forty-five medallions commissioned by Cunningham in the 1970s and struck by the Robbins Company from the original dies. The original medallions were numbered 1 to 255. The additional medals continued the sequence to 300. 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 at the bottom. The reverse has the date of the launch, the serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. The original plastic Robbins case with numbered sticker on the bottom is included. Included with this lot is a 10" x 8" color Apollo 7 crew NASA litho photo signed desirably with his full name, in black felt tip: "Ronnie Walter (Walt) Cunningham/ Apollo 7". Both excellent.

    Included in this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Cunningham on his letterhead. It reads, in full: "The first Robbins Medallion designed to commemorate a space mission was carried on Apollo 7, the longest, most ambitious and most successful first manned test of any new flying machine.

    "In 1968, I sketched the original version of the Apollo 7 patch to reflect the Earth orbital nature of the first manned Apollo mission. We had the patch design drawn up by an artist and I took it to a jeweler in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to have a commemorative medallion made. That jeweler introduced me to the Robbins Company, a company that specializes in such products as medallions. When I delivered the order for our Apollo 7 medallions to Robbins, it initiated a long term relationship with Astronaut flight crews.

    "I maintained a personal relationship with Robbins management for many years and they returned the medallion die to me. In the late 1970s, I took the die back to Robbins and had them strike an additional 45 silver medallions, continuing the original numbering sequence from 256 to 300. These are the last Apollo 7 medallions ever produced.

    "I hereby warrant and certify that this silver Apollo 7 Robbins medallion, serial number 268, is from my personal collection of artifacts from my career as a NASA astronaut."


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    22nd Friday
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