Lot #7186
Wally Schirra's Apollo 7 Flown Robbins Medallion

Wally Schirra’s flown Apollo 7 Robbins medal—the medallion that launched a NASA tradition—fashioned into a tie bar!

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Estimate: $1500+

Description

Wally Schirra’s flown Apollo 7 Robbins medal—the medallion that launched a NASA tradition—fashioned into a tie bar!

Wally Schirra's flown sterling silver Apollo 7 Robbins medallion, measuring approximately 1.25″ x 1″, featuring a raised design of the mission insignia on the face—a capsule orbiting Earth, the mission number, and the last names of crew members Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. The reverse is engraved with the mission's launch date, “Oct. 11, 1968," and serial number, “251.” Stamped below with the Robbins "Sterling" hallmark. This medal was originally owned by Schirra, the commander of Apollo 7, who had it permanently affixed to a tie bar—the only such example known to exist. Originally offered by Odyssey in 1994, the medallion is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by astronaut Wally Schirra, in part: "I Wally Schirra hereby state that…Apollo VII Flown Tie Clip…is authentic." Also includes a letter of provenance from aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte.

Apollo 7 marked the debut of the Robbins medallion, designed for LMP Walt Cunningham who wanted a special memento to carry on the mission. A total of 255 were minted by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, all of which were carried on the inaugural flight of the Apollo program; on later missions, they would be flown in a more limited supply. The flown treasure proved so popular that the tradition carried on through the Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration
  • Dates: #646 - Ended October 20, 2022




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