Fred Haise's flown sterling silver Apollo 13 Robbins medal with a raised design of the mission insignia on the face, approximately 1.25″ in diameter, engraved on the reverse with the launch date of April 11, 1970, and the return date of April 17, 1970, encircled by the names of the astronauts in raised text, with serial number, "171," engraved below. Condition is mint state.
Accompanied by the original plastic case and a signed letter of authenticity from Haise, in part: "Accompanying this letter is a Robbins sterling silver medallion that was flown on the flight of Apollo 13 during April 1970…It is serial number 171 of the Robbins series for Apollo 13…Just a few days before our launch, Command Module Pilot Thomas K. (Ken) Mattingly had to be replaced by Jack Swigert due to a potential illness. That substitution dictated a return of the flown medallions to Robbins for melting and a restrike with a corrected die having the valid crew names on the back. Additionally, since we did not make a lunar landing, only two engraving blanks were placed on the reverse side for the launch and return dates." This silver Apollo 13 medal holds extra significance given that it was carried to the moon during NASA's most harrowing moment.
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