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    Swedish His Majesty the King's Medal, 8th Size, in Silver on Blue Ribbon, Presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976 to and Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, in Framed Display, with Certificate of Authenticity. A 1.25" diameter sterling silver medal surmounted with a royal crown suspended from a blue ribbon made to be worn on the left breast. The King's image is surrounded by his title: "CARL • XVI • GUSTAF • SVERIGES • KONUNG". This example is presented in a blue suede mat with a certificate reading: "Presented to Dr. Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during his visit to the Johnson Space Center April 23, 1976", framed elaborately to an overall 10.5" x 12.5". This medal, established in 1814, is awarded to foreign citizens who have distinguished themselves with extraordinary valor. A rare and desirable piece suitable and ready for display. The medal is darkly toned but excellent, overall very fine.

    King Carl XVI Gustaf visited the JSC in the morning of the 23rd with Kraft and astronaut Joe Kerwin guiding him through the facilities. In Building 1 which included a museum of equipment used on space flights. The King, a car enthusiast, was particularly impressed with the "moon buggy" (lunar roving vehicle). At a luncheon later that day he said "I have just spent a very exciting morning at the Johnson Space Center. [It] is an example of fine American research. Houston is a fine example of the optimism and the dynamic trends of the United States. We would hope to increase trade with Texas." ( AP Press Release)


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