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    Apollo 9 Flown MS65 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 17, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot David Scott, with Signed Letter of Certification. This 25mm sterling silver medal was one of 350 flown aboard Apollo 9, March 3-13, 1969, in the first space test of the complete Apollo spacecraft that included the third piece of Apollo hardware- the lunar module. Its three-man crew consisted of Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart. The obverse is not quite true to the mission insignia as the lettering around the outside is left out. It does feature a Saturn V rocket with the letters "USA" on it. To its right, an Apollo CSM is shown next to a LM; the CSM is trailing rocket fire in a circle around the Roman numerals "IX". The reverse features the dates of the mission, names of the crew, the serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. A Gem Uncirculated example from a mission crewmember.

    Included with this lot is a signed informative Letter of Certification from Scott on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that the Apollo 9 silver medallion number '17' included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 9, March 3-13, 1969. I was Command Module Pilot on Apollo 9, with James McDivitt as Commander and Russell Schweickart as Lunar Module Pilot, March 3- 13, 1969. Apollo 9 was the first test flight of the complete Apollo lunar landing mission architecture, including all spacecraft and life support systems. This 10-day Earth orbit mission included the Lunar Module (LM - first flight), the Command and Service Module (CSM), orbital rendezvous maneuvers, combined CSM-LM maneuvers to demonstrate Translunar Insertion (TLI) and Lunar Orbit Insertion (L01), and the first demonstration of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) backpack to be used during lunar surface missions. Of special significance was a full-up demonstration of the Lunar Module as a "lifeboat" to return an inoperable CSM from lunar orbit to an Earth reentry -this technique was used subsequently on Apollo 13 to rescue the Apollo 13 crew after its CSM oxygen tank explosion. During Apollo 9, I performed first Apollo docking, the first demonstration of CSM solo rendezvous maneuvers designed to rescue the Lunar Module, and the first (and only) solo EVA to support emergency EVA crew transfer from the Lunar Module to the Command Module. This sterling silver Apollo 9 medallion, 1 inch in diameter, was manufactured by the Robbins Company, and bears a raised insignia of the mission on the obverse with the Roman numeral "IX". The reverse side contains the names of the crew, the serial number, and was engraved after the mission with the launch and landing dates. The design of the medallion represents the Saturn V and the orbits of the CSM and the LM during their rendezvous maneuvers. Prior to the mission, 360 medallions were struck by Robbins and flown on the mission. Each astronaut crew designed the medallions for their mission and had them produced by the Robbins Company at the crew's expense. The medallions were carried aboard the spacecraft during the mission and returned to the crew after the mission. Apollo 9 medallion number '17' included with this letter has been in my personal collection since the mission."


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    1st-3rd Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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