Unflown Apollo 17 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5 diameter, with a raised design on the face of the Apollo 17 mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “America-Challenger Apollo XVII—The Beginning” along with the December 6, 1972, launch date, December 11, 1972, moon landing date, and December 19, 1972, return date. This medal is serial numbered “124”—meaning it was not flown in space. Only serial numbers F1 to F80 were flown of 300 total medallions struck. Normal condition. This item originated from the collection of Buzz Aldrin and was first sold in 1990 by Superior Galleries.
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 and a letter of provenance from noted space enthusiast and specialist Ken Havekotte. RRAuction COA.
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