John Young’s flown STS-1 Robbins medal, approximately 1.5″ in diameter, with a raised design on the face featuring the mission insignia. The reverse is encircled by the names of the astronauts, John Young and Bob Crippen, and is engraved with the launch date of April 12, 1981, and landing date of April 14, 1981. The medal is serial numbered “5F” on the rim, and encapsulated in a plastic NGC holder and graded MS68, and noting that it originates from the collection of John W. Young. Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a 2014 letter of authenticity from STS–1 Commander John Young, which reads: “I hereby certify that STS 1 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 5, was flown with me aboard Columbia April 12-14, 1981. It has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” An immensely sought-after, low numbered Robbins medal from the historic first Shuttle mission—one of only 111 total flown examples—and direct from the mission’s commander himself.
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