DescriptionBuzz Aldrin's Papal Medallion, Issued by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Beautiful silver papal medallion issued by Pope Paul VI. Following the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon, President Nixon sent the astronauts and their wives on the Giantstep-Apollo 11 Presidential Goodwill Tour, a whirlwind international goodwill mission that emphasized the willingness of the United States to share its space knowledge with the world. The tour ran from September through November of 1969, during which the Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives visited a record 24 countries and 27 cities in 45 days. During this tour, the astronauts and their wives were granted a papal audience with Pope Paul VI in the Papal Library, St. Peters Cathedral at the Vatican, at which time the Pope presented each of the astronauts with one of these handsome medallions.
Featuring the likeness of the Pope on one side and St. Francis of Assisi on the other, the oval-shaped medallion measures approximately 1.25 x 1.75" and is made of 800 fine coin silver. Housed in a satin-lined white leather case bearing the papal coat of arms on the cover. A beautiful and unique item in very fine condition.
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