DescriptionSkylab I (SL-2) Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 296, Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Alan Bean, with Signed LOA. There were 300 of these 35mm sterling silver medals minted for the flight but only fifty were flown. This 35mm sterling silver medal has an obverse design based on the mission insignia designed by the legendary Frank Kelly Freas. The launch dates of Skylab and the first Skylab crew as well as the date of the crew's return are engraved on the reverse. This first post-Apollo mission, May 25-June 22, 1973, with crewmembers Charles Conrad, Paul Weitz, and Joe Kerwin, established a record for human spaceflight. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Beautiful.
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity from Bean on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that the Skylab Mission I silver Robbins medal number 296 has been in my personal collection since Charles 'Pete' Conrad gave it to me when he returned from his 28 day Skylab I (SL-2) Space Station mission. A few years ago I gave this medal to Sue Bean for her personal collection. Alan Bean Skylab II (SL-3) CDR"
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