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    Apollo 13 Unflown NGC-Encapsulated PF64 Ultra Cameo Franklin Mint Silver Medal Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Serial Number 0084. This 38mm medallion features the mission insignia on the obverse that includes the name of the mission, three of Apollo's chariot horses flying toward the moon, and the slogan "Ex Luna, Scientia" ("from the moon, knowledge"). The reverse features images of and the text "Spacecraft Odyssey and Aquarius" and the crew's full names: "James A. Lovell Jr - Fred W. Haise Jr - Thomas K Mattingly". The NGC tag reads: "APOLLO 13 FRANKLIN MINT/ 1970 SPECIMEN #0084/ MEDAL PF 64 ULTRA CAMEO/ EX. JAMES A. LOVELL, JR." Excellent condition.

    Besides the Robbins Medallions, only two Apollo missions that had other commemorative medals struck to fly aboard the spacecraft were Apollo 13 and Apollo 14. These Franklin Mint medals have been a center of controversy and mystery since their striking. The true facts regarding the Apollo 14 medals have recently come to light. Up until now, the story on the Apollo 13 versions is that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and destroyed. Continuing research shows that it can definitively be said that there were just 200 individually serial numbered specimens struck, just like Apollo 14, for the commander of the mission.

    What makes this so very special at this time is that this is one of the only items that has been discovered to contain the names of the original crew (Mattingly was replaced at the last minute by Swigert). The 404 Apollo 13 Robbins Medals were all restruck with the corrected crew names. This medal is from the personal collection of Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell and is offered with a signed certification on his letterhead. It is NGC tagged "Ex. James A. Lovell Jr". Extremely desirable thus.

    Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Lovell on his company letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this Apollo 13 sterling silver Franklin Mint medal #0084, which also lists the original scheduled crew on its reverse, is one of the 200 original specimens that were made for me to take aboard the mission April 11-17, 1970. This medal is from my personal collection and has been in my possession since the mission until being offered now."


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