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[Apollo 11]

FLOWN to the Moon on Apollo 11 — Apollo 11 Robbins Medallion #379

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July 18, 02:35 PM GMT

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[Apollo 11]


FLOWN Apollo 11 Robbins Medallion #379, sterling silver, 28 mm in diameter, bezel-set in silver pendant housing with hallmark of silversmith Bernt Schmidt of Ludvika, Sweden. Obverse features the mission insignia with the bald eagle on the lunar surface, reverse engraved with launch, landing, and return dates ("July 16, 1969 | July 20, 1969 | July 24, 1969") and serial number.

Swedish Private Collection

FLOWN TO THE MOON ON APOLLO 11


Robbins Medallions were commemorative medallions minted in both silver and gold by the Robbins Company. They were produced expressly to be flown as mementos, starting with Apollo 7 and running through the Shuttle programs. The medallions were only available to be purchased by the astronauts, and for some missions, there were more medals minted than flown.


The present medallion is one of 440 flown on Apollo 11, out of a total of 450 minted. It is likely that this is one of the medallions flown by Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin; the bezel bears the hallmark of a silversmith from the town of Ludvika in Sweden, just a few kilometers away from Stjärnfors where Aldrin was known to have visited relatives in the summer of 1970.



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