Flight-flown Apollo 8 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5 x 1.25, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia—the number 8 making a pass around the moon and Earth—and the last names of crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and Bill Anders. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “Dec. 21-27, 1968” and serial numbered “241.” Normal condition. Made by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, astronauts who are in line for a flight have the option of purchasing the medallions for themselves, family, and friends as personal souvenirs. The medals are made available only to the astronauts. At the conclusion of a flight, the tokens are sent back to Robbins, where they are engraved on the reverse, polished, numbered, and returned to the astronauts. The dyes are later destroyed. Remarkably scarce flight-flown mementos such as this rarely find their way to the marketplace. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Joseph P. Kerwin, who at the time was a member of the Astronaut Flight Office and later was science pilot onboard Skylab 2. RRAuction COA.
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