DescriptionSkylab 1 (SL-2) Unflown NGC-Encapsulated MS64 Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz, Serial Number 72. There were 300 of these 35mm sterling silver medals minted for this flight; fifty (Serial Numbers 1F-50F) were flown. This present example is from the 250 that were not flown. It has been graded MS64 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and designated as "Ex. Paul Weitz" on the slab. Highly desirable as such. The obverse design of this medal is based on the mission insignia that was designed by legendary science fiction artist Frank Kelly Freas. The 1973 launch dates of Skylab and the first Skylab crew as well as the date of the crew's return are engraved on the reverse. The serial number and sterling hallmark are both on the rim but not visible in this holder. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed letter of authenticity from Paul Weitz on his personal letterhead, stating: "To whom it may concern- I hereby certify that this Skylab I silver Robbins medallion, serial number 72, is one of the original medallions that were struck for my mission May 25 - June 22, 1973. Although this medallion was not flown, it was struck with the few that were flown. It is from my personal collection of artifacts from the mission and has been in my possession ever since."
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