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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-22-2007 07:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When space shuttle Discovery launched on the STS-114 "Return to Flight" mission in July 2005, stowed inside its Official Flight Kit (OFK) were "2 Metal Ingots" flown for NASA's Space Flight Awareness Office. These two blocks were listed as item 13e in the OFK manifest.

As earlier missions had carried similar metal blocks that were later smelted with other alloy to mint commemorative medals, I made some inquiries at the time of the flight and learned that a design and plan for a new "Manned Flight Awareness" medal did indeed exist.

And then I heard nothing more.

Last night, while browsing the Johnson Space Center's Spaceflight Awareness Office website for STS-117 material, I found their program plan for 2007. Page eight of that PDF includes images of their "Program Products" such as posters, Silver Snoopys, mission flags, decals and coins.

The latter includes this example image:

It's difficult to read but the inscription on the medal appears to read:

This coin contains metal flown aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-114, July 26 - August 9, 2005
What isn't clear is if this is (still) a future product or just an example for illustration purposes. The page also uses an image of a 2006 STS-116 mission flag to represent the flags in general.

Hopefully, SFA will go forth with issuing the STS-114 medal (if they haven't already and it has just gone unnoticed). The most recent medal in the series of flown metal-minted commemoratives was released six years ago for STS-98 and the Destiny ISS lab.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-19-2008 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spotted (in April 2008) on eBay:

...so the STS-114 Spaceflight Awareness medal exists.

teopze
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From: Warsaw, Poland
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posted 05-08-2008 06:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The medallion pictured belongs to me now. I bought it on eBay about two weeks ago. When I noticed it, I knew it was exceptional.

I don't know how many of them exist (any ideas?), but I do know that this is the most beautiful medallion I have ever seen, and I have seen quite a lot of coins/medallion related to spaceflight in my life, trust me.

Definitely this is the most detailed and well finished medallion that contains flown material.

It is simply fantastic. When I showed it to my girlfriend the only word she said was "Wow!"

This particular one was given to David H. by the astronaut Kay Hire. It is slightly larger (44.2mm) than a typical space shuttle coin, the thickens is 20.4mm. I do not think it is made of bronze nor silver not aluminum (that I'm sure of). I will take it soon to the physics division and do the X-ray spectroscopy. I will try to post the results soon.

Winco
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posted 06-20-2008 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Winco   Click Here to Email Winco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am the president of Winco International. We have been producing the vast majority of NASA's and the aerospace industry's officially used space pins since the 1980's. We also have produced many space coins as well. The coin you have reported on was in fact produced/minted by Winco (It is called the SFA Team Award Coin).

teopze
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posted 09-07-2008 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I was taking pictures of my medallions and thought that some of you would like to have a better picture of this moderately rare STS-114 Team Award medallion. So, here it is:

racso184
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posted 09-05-2009 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for racso184   Click Here to Email racso184     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondering. Looking at the description and the images here and at eBay, is there a gold and silver colored version of the same medallion? Can anyone here confirm this?

teopze
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posted 09-07-2009 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge, there is only one, silver colored version.

Rocket Chris
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posted 11-11-2009 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge just around 150 coins were minted just for the "return to flight" launch and assessment teams.

base104
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posted 02-19-2010 12:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for base104   Click Here to Email base104     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This link shows the individual recipients of the award... less than 900 so far.

denali414
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posted 01-27-2018 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oddly after never seeing this medallion for the better part of a year, I have picked up two over the last month. Always strange how sometimes medallions come in cycles.

Chuckster01
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posted 01-27-2018 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuckster01   Click Here to Email Chuckster01     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased two of these about five years ago one week apart (sold one on the American Space Museum auction) and have never seen another.

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