Pairing of uncut pre-sample lead strikes of the obverse and reverse sides of the Apollo 13 Robbins medal. The obverse measures 1.75″ in diameter and features a raised design of the mission insignia; the reverse side measures 1.75″ and is encircled with the names of the original crew members—Lovell, Haise, and Mattingly—and central blank fields for “Launched,” “Landed,” and “Returned” dates.
The Apollo 13 Robbins medal holds the distinction of being somewhat different than all of their other mission counterparts. Following a last minute change of crew—Ken Mattingly was swapped out for Jack Swigert three days before launch after a possible exposure to rubella—all of the flown medals were melted down and restruck with the names of the final crew. Due to the toxicity of lead, extra care should be administered when handling these medal strikes.
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