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Item 6087 - Guenter Wendt’s Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 Flown Dollar Bill Catalog 474 (Apr 2016)

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Extremely rare flown silver certificate dollar bill carried on the Friendship 7 capsule during the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, series 1957A, serial number E85611776A, signed on the left side in fountain pen, “J. H. Glenn. Jr.” Affixed to a decorative certificate reading, “This certifies the following U.S. currency Serial No. E85611776A accompanied Lt. Col. John H. Glenn on the first manned orbital flight aboard Friendship 7, Feb. 20, 1962.” The certificate is also signed in the lower right in fountain pen by the pilot, “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” and by the backup pilot, “M. Scott Carpenter.” Wendt’s name is notated in the left margin of the bill, and the certificate is signed on the reverse by Wendt and stamped as being from his personal collection. In very good to fine condition, with expected handling wear and toned adhesive to edges. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping showing Wendt holding this certificate as well as a list of the serial numbers of the banknotes carried on the flight. Only fifty-two of these dollar bills were flown, and this was Wendt’s sole example. The Guenter Wendt Collection, ex. Ken Havekotte. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.

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