DescriptionSkylab I (SL-2) Robbins Gold Medallion with Skylab-Flown Emerald Directly From the Collection of Astronaut Paul Weitz.
Skylab was the first space station the United States launched into orbit, and the second space station ever visited by a human crew. The 75 metric ton station was in Earth orbit from 1973 to 1979, and it was visited by crews three times in 1973 and 1974. We offer here an uncommon space-related piece of jewelry featuring a space-flown emerald set on a 10 kt. gold Skylab I (SL-2) Robbins medallion. The emerald measures approximately 5.4 x 5.0 mm and weighs approximately half a carat. Skylab I (SL-2) pilot Paul Weitz had this item created as a gift for his wife and penned a one-page letter of authentication on his personal Skylab I (SL-2) letterhead to accompany it. In full: "The accompanying 10 kt. Gold Skylab I Robbins medallion set with an emerald is the one I presented to my wife after the mission May 25 - June 22, 1973. The 14 kt. gold bezel was added so that she could wear it as a necklace at various official and social events. Although the medallion was not flown, the emerald it is set with was flown aboard the Skylab I mission. Paul Weitz, Skylab I Pilot."
Research into Robbins medallions has reported that only six 14K gold Skylab I medals were struck and that all were flown. Paul Weitz has advised that he recalls this medal being struck after the mission and is therefore unflown. At this still early part of Robbins Medal history, it would have been uncommon for any medals to have been struck after a mission except in special circumstances, like Apollo 13 and Apollo 15. We can therefore assume that this post mission striking eluded the population records and can be considered unique.
Skylab's missions had official numerical designations: Skylab 1 for the unmanned launch of the Skylab space station on a giant Saturn V rocket, and Skylab 2, 3, and 4 for the manned visits, which were lofted to space by Saturn 1B rockets. However, confusion in numerical vs. Roman numeral designations led to Skylab 2 items bearing a Skylab I identifiers. Both the medallion and the letter of authenticity are in very fine condition. From the personal collection of Paul Weitz.
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