Uncommon flown Franklin Mint medal, number 0107, approximately 1.5″ diameter, carried into lunar orbit on board the Command Module Kitty Hawk during the Apollo 14 mission. The medal features a raised Apollo 14 mission insignia on the front, with the reverse depicting the lunar surface with raised letters at the bottom reading: “Spacecraft/ Kitty Hawk & Antares/ Destination/ Fra Mauro—1971.” The medallion is encapsulated in a plastic NGC holder with a grade of PF 63 Cameo and provenance certification, “Ex. Edgar Mitchell.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Edgar Mitchell, Dated November 17, 2007, in part: “I do certify for you that the Apollo 14 silver Franklin Mint medallion, identified…serial number 0107, is one of the original 195 flown medallions of this kind that I have accounted for within the PPK inventories of the crew." Each of the three Apollo 14 crew members carried 65 of these medallions in their PPKs. After the mission, fifty of them were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down toward the production of Apollo 14 commemorative coins that were sent to Franklin Mint subscribers in 1971. Compared to the 303 Robbins medals flown on the mission, these Franklin Mint medals are considerably scarcer with just 145 possible examples.
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