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    Ex. Charlie Duke with handwritten provenance

    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 95F, Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Charlie Duke, with Handwritten and Signed Letter of Certification. This 39mm diameter sterling silver medal was one of only 111 flown (of 359 minted) aboard Columbia, the first manned, reusable spacecraft, on the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle. 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 sterling and Robbins hallmarks. This was a very important and high-risk "shakedown" cruise for the shuttle program. A beautiful Gem Uncirculated example, the first flown example Heritage has offered since May 2015.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification from Duke on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that STS 1 Silver Robbins Medal, serial number 95F, was one that was flown aboard the a space shuttle Columbia, April 12-14, 1981. STS 1 was the maiden voyage of the space shuttle and was commanded by my fellow Apollo 16 crewmember, John Young. This successful flight would begin a new era for space exploration. I wanted to be along. As a member of the Astronaut office, I was permitted to purchase this flown medal. It has been in my possession and a part of my personal collection of space artifacts since receiving it shortly after the mission. My very best wishes. Charles M. Duke Jr. Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot".


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    November, 2019
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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