Flight-flown 10-karat gold Space Shuttle Columbia STS-1 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5-inch diameter, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia, and the mission and astronauts’ names. The reverse of the medal is engraved with the launch and re-entry dates, as well as the names of astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen. Encapsulated within a clear plastic case. Serial numbered “24 F” around the rim. Normal condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Buzz Aldrin that reads in part: “This medallion was flown aboard the first flight of the Space Shuttle April 12–14, 1981 and was obtained by me through the Astronaut Flight Office.” STS-1 was the first orbital flight of the shuttle, launched on April 12, 1981, and returning to Earth two days later.
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. Gold medallions such as this are especially scarce. RRAuction COA.
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