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oke
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posted 06-27-2003 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if you could help me find one of these commemorative coins: 1 (look at last page) | 2.

It was a commemorative made in '94, and I guess only available to those who knew Wah Chang and received their newsletter. People at Wah Chang and The Great Western Mint (who is connected somehow to the Liberty Mint) do not have any leads as to who might have any extras for sale. Wah Chang is now making new 'First in Flight' commemoratives (which can be purchased from hotmetalshop.com), and I got news that they might make a redesigned Apollo XI coin for the 35th anniversary (for either the end of this year or sometime next year), but I wanted to track down one of the first niobium coins. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

(I got an email that the third "First in Flight" coin isn't about the Apollo XI landing.)

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posted 07-20-2004 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody have any leads to this coin this year?

oke
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posted 12-13-2012 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(A few years later...) So, anyway, I was able to find one of these coins from the person who was directly involved with its creation (he worked at Wah-Chang and with those at Liberty Mint/The Great Western Mint who minted the coin), so that's kind of a fun backstory for it:

Meademan
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posted 12-28-2012 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is Niobium? Is it special?

oke
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posted 01-03-2013 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Meademan:
What is Niobium? Is it special?
Well, according to the article on the last page of this (almost 6 MB .pdf) Outlook newsletter (which has been moved to a new url since I first posted it almost a decade ago, lol), since a niobium alloy was used for some critical parts of the lunar lander (and more about the Nb alloy, C-103, which was used in the rocket engine skirt extensions, is shared in an article from 9 years ago - 2nd page of a ~ 1 MB .pdf this time), tptb chose to create this world's first niobium coin to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo XI mission. So, it's not a flown medallion, or anything special like that, but it's one that might be less common or at least one which has an interesting backstory to it.

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