DescriptionApollo 8 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 70, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot James Lovell, with Signed LOA. This sterling silver 38mm x 30mm triangular-shaped medal was one of 300 flown on Apollo 8, December 21-27, 1968, into lunar orbit with crewmembers Borman, Lovell, and Anders. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia (a Lovell design) depicting a figure eight containing the surnames of the crew looping around the Earth and the moon symbolizing the mission number as well as the mission's orbits around both bodies. The three-sided shape with a rounded bottom imitates the shape of the Apollo spacecraft. The reverse has the engraved dates of the mission, serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. This mission "set the stage" for the future lunar landing missions. Very desirable coming from the collection of a crewmember. Excellent.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his company letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this Robbins Silver Medallion-- Serial Number 70 was flown on board Apollo 8. Apollo 8 was the first journey to the moon in December, 1968. This Medallion is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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