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Jason Katz
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posted 07-29-2009 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jason Katz   Click Here to Email Jason Katz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have this medallion from 40 years ago - my grandfather gave it to me - he had worked for Grumman and had received it at some point. It says on the back:
The die for this medallion was carried to the moon and back by the crew of Apollo 11 in July, 1969.
It also has three signatures/names on the back of three astronauts (Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin).

On the front it has the big 'A' for Apollo and it says Apollo/NASA and then around its edges: Lunar Landing, July 1969.

Does anyone know if this is anything significant? Always wondered...

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posted 07-29-2009 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on your description, I believe your medallion is the same as pictured below:

If so, Swann Galleries sold one such example at auction in April 2008 for $1,200. That particular medallion however, was from astronaut Thomas Stafford's collection and included the typed letter that originally accompanied it signed by flight director Chris Kraft. Dated July 30, 1970, the letter in part read:

On the Apollo 11 mission a special die was flown for later use in fabricating a commemorative medallion to be distributed to those individuals who made a significant contribution to the success of the Apollo Program.

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posted 08-14-2011 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JTarpley   Click Here to Email JTarpley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to share a letter and medallion from my mother's collection. I am curious if there were only 1,000 of these given out as she had indicated on the bottom of the letter.

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george9785
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posted 08-16-2011 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for george9785   Click Here to Email george9785     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's great that your mother kept that letter with the notation since I don't believe anyone here has seen anything previously that provided some evidence as to the mintage of this medallion. I believe many will also give the notation more credibility as evidence because of the further breakdown for the JSC.

While it's not conclusive since there may not be anything else currently available here to provide supporting evidence, I for one would be inclined to give the numbers credence barring any new information that contradicts it. If the die wasn't destroyed however, and it was still useable, there's also the possibility that a subsequent decision might have been made to do a restrike to produce more than was originally intended. That's probably not too likely to have occurred but if it did, it would certainly throw off the numbers.

One was just sold on eBay about two weeks ago for $327 (without any paperwork). Since sales for these medallions are sparse, knowledge or even assumptions of a mintage of 1,000 may help with people putting more consistent valuations on them.

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posted 08-16-2011 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and having your letter of transmital/provenance from Max Faget is just such a wonderful, added bonus! Thanks for sharing.

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posted 08-17-2011 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JTarpley   Click Here to Email JTarpley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information. My mother was Max Faget's secretary for many years. She was meticulous in archiving documentation so I am inclined to believe the numbers she wrote on the bottom of the letter. I have more of her Apollo and NASA related item's if anyone would be interested, I will make a new post.

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posted 08-17-2011 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JTarpley:
I have more of her Apollo and NASA related item's if anyone would be interested, I will make a new post.

It's a pretty safe bet you'll find some interested folks around here

In my view the cS community always benefits from the exposure to new facts, figures, objects, records, and generally anything that brings personal histories into the light of day. Thanks in advance for sharing whatever you wish...

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posted 08-17-2011 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for george9785   Click Here to Email george9785     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm just noticing that the Apollo moon face on this medallion is rather distinct from others typically seen on the Apollo program insignia. I'm wondering whether the designer had intended for it to resemble someone in particular rather than the Greek god. It might pass off as a JFK but maybe there was someone else intended.

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posted 08-20-2011 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you know who minted these or issued them?

george9785
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posted 08-20-2011 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for george9785   Click Here to Email george9785     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess you could say NASA issued them but unless someone posts here who does know, the company that minted them is apparently unknown.

The consignor of negatives of the original artwork and proof stamping for the Apollo 11 flown die (to be auctioned off next month by RR) may have some knowledge however.

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posted 08-20-2011 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The consignor appears to be David Worrow, who has been selling off his collection via RR. Here are the items on his website: proof stamp and original artwork.

Separately, another example of an accompanying letter for these medals was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries in June. That letter, signed by Kennedy Space Center Director Kurt H. Debus, was presented to Richard Proffitt, Launch Complex 39 operations manager from 1969 to 1976.

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posted 04-22-2012 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
George (george9785) came across this presentation, offered on eBay, which seems to confirm the striking was limited to 1,000.

The presentation was purchased at an estate sale in Houston.

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posted 05-06-2012 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested that the presentation above uses 'front' rather than 'obverse' suggesting this is not an official presentation.

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posted 10-18-2012 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have one of these they wish to sell, or know anywhere I can obtain one?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've searched and searched and searched but simply can't find one anywhere. I'd love to add one of these to my collection. Many thanks — Mike

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posted 11-05-2012 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am brand new here but I provide a history of my collection here. Rita has one in her collection. I have been searching for the letter that may have accompanied it but to no avail, Yet!

There is a ton of stuff to go through.

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posted 08-05-2013 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for billrocks   Click Here to Email billrocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of those as well, they were made of stainless, anti mag. I got the one I have in 1972 or 1973

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posted 08-05-2013 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Additional Information:

A heavy and impressive 64mm stainless steel medallion. On the obverse is the Apollo Program logo and the text: "Lunar Landing/ Apollo/ NASA/ July 1969". On the reverse are the facsimile signatures of the crew and the statement: "The Die for this Medallion was Carried to the Moon and Back by the Crew of Apollo 11 in 1969." "A limited number of stainless steel medallions were made in commemoration of the first lunar landing mission. A special die was flown on Apollo 11 and was then utilized to fabricate the medallions"

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posted 11-13-2013 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still looking for one of these. If you've got one then please get in touch.

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