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 “191.” Normal condition. This item originated from the collection of James Lovell.
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. Accompanied by its original presentation case also numbered “191” and a letter of provenance from noted space enthusiast and specialist Ken Havekotte. RRAuction COA.
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