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    Presented to Wally Schirra by Apollo 9 Commander Jim McDivitt.

    Apollo 9 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mercury Seven Astronaut Wally Schirra, Serial Number 260, with LOA. 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. Original case with numbered sticker on the bottom included. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

    This was part of Wally Schirra's complete collection of Apollo Robbins medals sold together at a Christie's East auction on September 18, 1999, Lot 90. Note that we are offering all eleven of his medals in this auction.

    Included with this lot is a copy of a signed Letter of Authenticity from Wally Schirra on his letterhead stating that each of his medallions were given to him by the mission commander. That would be Jim McDivitt in this instance. The full text of the letter is viewable online.


    More Information:

    Text of Schirra's Letter of Authenticity for His Collection of Robbins Medals.
    Enclosed is a complete set of Apollo sterling silver Robbins mission emblem medallions. Each was flown on their respective mission. Robbins began making these with my Apollo 7 flight. The following Apollo crews carried on the tradition and had medallions made for there [sic] flights as well. The commander for each flight after Apollo 7 gave me a flown medallion in order that I might have a complete set. I have listed the missions and medallion serial numbers below:

    Apollo 7 #87
    Apollo 8 #294
    Apollo 9 #260
    Apollo 10 #52
    Apollo 11 #416
    Apollo 12 #206
    Apollo 13 #348
    Apollo 14 #298
    Apollo 15 #273
    Apollo 16 no number
    Apollo 17 #232

    [signed] Walter M Schirra
    Walter M. Schirra
    Captain USN, (Ret.)
    Mercury, Gemini
    and Apollo Astronaut



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