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#456 - Apollo 14

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Scarce Mitchell-certified Franklin Mint medallion

Uncommon flown Franklin Mint medal, number 0061, approximately 1.5″ diameter, carried into lunar orbit on board the Command Module Kitty Hawk during the Apollo 14 mission. The medal features a raised Apollo 14 mission insignia on the front, with the reverse depicting the lunar surface with raised letters at the bottom reading: “Spacecraft/ Kitty Hawk & Antares/ Destination/ Fra Mauro—1971.” Medallion is inside a small cardboard holder, notated and initialed in blue ballpoint by Edgar Mitchell, “Flown on ‘Kitty Hawk,’ No. 0061, EM.” In fine condition, with some light tarnishing to insignia side. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Edgar Mitchell, in part: “This document is to certify Apollo 14 Franklin Mint Medallion, serial number 0061. The accompanying medallion was flown aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk on the Apollo 14 expedition to the moon which launched January 31, 1971.” Each of the three Apollo 14 crew members carried 65 of these medallions in their PPKs. After the mission, fifty of them were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down toward the production of Apollo 14 commemorative coins that were sent to Franklin Mint subscribers in 1971. Compared to the 303 Robbins medals flown on the mission, these Franklin Mint medals are considerably scarcer with just 145 possible examples. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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