One of only seventy-six flown.Space Shuttle Columbia - Spacelab 1 (STS-9) Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Serial Number 14F, with Signed LOA. This 35mm x 40mm sterling silver medal was one of only seventy-six (of a total of 212 minted) that were actually flown on the mission with crewmembers Young, Shaw, Garriott, Parker, Merbold, and Lichtenberg. The obverse features the mission insignia, the Spacelab payload showing from an opened cargo bay of the Columbia while orbiting the Earth. There are nine stars signifying the ninth of the shuttle missions and the crewmember surnames surrounding with "Columbia - Spacelab 1" below. The reverse also has the crew surnames and the mission name along with the engraved dates, "Nov. 28, 1983" and "Dec. 8, 1983 / RW 17 Edwards AFB, CA". The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Original case with numbered sticker on the bottom included. A large and impressive medal in excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that STS 9 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 14F, was flown aboard the mission and has since been a part of my personal collection."
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