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Rocket Chris
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posted 12-18-2012 05:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the history and background of the medals with flown material? Who started first with this idea, Soviets or Americans? What was the very first medal with flown material or even directly flown presented in an award (Apollo 8? [beside the Robbins medals])? Why are such awards not officially presented today? What is the most rare and the most worthy medal? Questions and questions...

I would appreciate for any information

tnperri
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posted 12-18-2012 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Fliteline medallions would of been first I believe for the whole flown medal. The Apollo 8 Manned Flight Awareness medal was probably the first NASA released flown melted-metal medal.

There was a Russian made medal, which supposed made from fragments of missile stage (gas bags) which fell to the ground from Gagarin's rocket made in 1961.

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posted 12-18-2012 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as rare or sought out:
  • The 2001 Silver Space Camp medal - only 12 were made.

  • The Apollo 13 Franklin Mint whole coin flown in space. Only 20 were flown, one returned to the Franklin Mint and the others believe to be given out to the employees who help get them back to earth.

  • The Apollo 14 Franklin Mint flown whole coin usually goes for $2000+

  • The Perth Mint Skylab medal only several hundred were made.
My sought out list would include:
  • Apollo 8/Alcoa 50 years of research.
  • National Space Club Medal
  • STS-114 Team award
  • Stennis 30th Anniversary of the SSME test
  • NACA 1915-1958
  • John Glenn/Brevard County

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