Exceptionally desirable flown Apollo 12 Robbins medal struck from silver recovered from the wreck of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet. The medal measures approximately 1.25″ in diameter, with a raised design of the Apollo 12 mission insignia on the face and engraved on the reverse with the launch date of November 14, 1969, moon landing date of November 19, 1969, and return date of November 24, 1969. The medal is serial numbered “49” and includes its original matching case. Condition is in mint state.
For the Apollo 12 Robbins medals, Charles Conrad had acquired a silver ingot from the famed ‘Spanish Plate Fleet’ shipwreck of 1715 and sent it to Robbins to be used in the production of their medallions. Although Robbins produced 262 Apollo 12 medallions, only the first 82 were struck from the Spanish silver; the remaining 180 were made with sterling silver. In addition to having serial numbers between “1” and “82,” the medals struck from this silver do not bear the typical ‘sterling’ mark as they are purer. These medallions are thus very rare and immensely desirable as they symbolize the human journey to new worlds, connecting the exploration of sea and space.
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