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    Gemini 5 Flown "One Celeston" Gold Coin Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gordon Cooper. This 14mm, 1960-dated, coin is designed after the U.S. $1 gold coin but weighs in at 34 grains as opposed to 25. It flew in Earth orbit for eight days, August 21-29, 1965, with Cooper and Pilot Pete Conrad on the third manned Gemini mission. This was an important flight proving that longer missions were feasible, another step in the progression toward the future journeys to the moon. There is a printed flyer with the coin dated January 1960 that gives detailed information about its background. It states, in part: "The Nation of Celestial Space... has recently minted a new outer space coin called the GOLD Celeston. [It] is made of pure mint gold, fineness .900... The coins are intended not for barter and exchange, but for distribution among the friends of the Space Nation..." Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed letter of authenticity (in pencil) from Cooper on his personalized Mickey Mouse notepaper, stating: "This gold coin was flown/ on Gemini V on 21-29 Aug 1965./ Gordon Cooper".


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