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    One of only twenty-four examples

    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Gold Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 9F, Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, Encased in Tabletop Display, with Certificate of Authenticity. This 39mm diameter 10K gold medal was one of only twenty-four gold examples flown aboard Columbia, the first manned, reusable spacecraft, on the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle. Encased in a metal and acrylic display, and given to Kraft directly from NASA. Engraved in the acrylic directly above the medal is the following:

    THIS MEDALLION WAS FLOWN
    ABOARD SPACE SHUTTLE
    "COLUMBIA" (STS-1),
    APRIL 12-14, 1981

    There is also engraving in the metal below stating:
    PRESENTED TO
    DR. CHRISTOPHER C. KRAFT
    FROM THE
    NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
    IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF HIS OUTSTANDING
    LEADERSHIP AND MANY PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
    SUCCESS OF OUR NATIONS'S MANNED SPACE FLIGHT PROGRAM

    The obverse features the mission insignia, the shuttle, and its orbit around the Earth with the ship's name "Columbia" and the surnames of the crew. The reverse includes the names of the crewmembers, "John W. Young" and "Robert L. Crippen", and the engraved dates, "April 12, 1981" and "April 14, 1981 / RW23 Edwards AFB". The serial number is on the rim along with the gold and Robbins hallmarks. This was a very important and high-risk "shakedown" cruise for the shuttle program. A real rarity and a beautiful medal, especially in gold. An absolute joy to hold and appreciate. Excellent.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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