DescriptionSpace Shuttle Columbia (STS-4) Unflown Robbins Silver Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Tom Stafford, Serial Number 179, with Signed LOA. This 35mm sterling silver medal is in its original plastic case with the "179" sticker on the bottom. It is one 207 minted in commemoration of Columbia's fourth orbital test flight with Commander Thomas Mattingly and Pilot Hank Hartsfield. The design features the shuttle, "Columbia," and the surnames of the crew members. The reverse includes their full names around and the engraved launch and landing dates. The serial number is found on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a letter of authenticity signed "Thomas P. Stafford" on his business letterhead, stating (in part): "Enclosed with this letter is a Robbins sterling silver medallion issued for the Space Transportation System (STS) 4 flight. STS 4 was the fourth space shuttle mission flown using Orbiter 'Columbia' during 1982. The actual launch and landing dates are engraved on the reverse side. Serial number 179 is engraved on the rim. I received this medallion from the STS 4 crew of Thomas "Ken" Mattingly and Henry "Hank" Hartsfield. Ken flew to the moon on Apollo 16 back in 1972 and STS 4 was Hank's first space flight."
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