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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-26-2014 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a preview of NASA's Apollo 11 45th anniversary medallion. Information as to availability will be shared when known.
Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Medallion
NASA Official Limited Edition Commemorative

Minted with metal from the Apollo 11 Command Module that flew the first astronauts who walked on the moon.

2014 is the year that marks the 45th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. This official NASA medallion will be minted with metal from the Apollo 11 command module that flew the first astronauts who walked on the moon.

Over the years, Winco has minted many significant NASA/industry medallions with rare, space flown metals. Since the Apollo 11 mission is one of humanity's greatest achievements, we have always wanted to mint a commemorative medallion with Apollo 11 flown metal.

In consideration of this mission's significance and the difficulty of obtaining Apollo 11 flown metal, we are thrilled to confirm that this medallion will be minted with metal from the actual Apollo 11 command module. This historic medallion will truly be worthy of the incredible mission it represents.

tnperri
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posted 08-26-2014 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks great. Can't wait to add it to my collection.

nasamad
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posted 08-26-2014 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know it's just a question of personal preference, but I've yet to see a colour medallion that I'm willing to buy. It kind of cheapens them for me.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-26-2014 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you actually held one that Winco has done in your hand? Respectfully, I feel they are wonderfully created. Our company liked them so much. They had them commissioned a number of times.

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 08-26-2014 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love it! I can't wait for them to come out!

nasamad
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posted 08-31-2014 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
Have you actually held one that Winco has done in your hand?
Yes, I have quite a few of the previous Winco Apollo medallions and am more than pleased with them. They are great medallions and you can see and feel the quality of production.

It's just the colour ones I don't particularly care for, if you cant see the metal its made from, it may as well be printed on a disc of plastic! Just my 2p.

jeffbassett
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posted 09-30-2014 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks to be a beautiful addition to the Winco line of aviation and space themed coins. I have all of them now except for the Team award coin and really looking forward to displaying these next to my other Apollo coins. Given how hard it is to get anything from the Apollo 11 craft, this 45th anniversary coin will help fill that void.

Until these came out, I thought the Medallic medals were the best designed Apollo medals but now a huge fan of what Winco has done. By far my favorite NASA collectible with the flown metal element making these my favorites.

I hope they can keep manufacturing these into the future, super and historical collectibles to have for a collection.

JBoe
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posted 12-06-2014 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was at the Goddard visitor center yesterday, the nice sales person mentioned that they were expecting this medallion to be included with the Orion EFT-1 medallion shipment.

tnperri
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posted 12-11-2014 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well these are now available, at least on eBay by a seller name of kys-collectibles for a BIN of $29.99. I haven't found them anywhere else yet.

jeffbassett
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posted 12-11-2014 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say between the colored graphic and what looks like a double imprint on the eagle's wings as well the less than sharp detailing, I am a little disappointed with this particular medallion. This one looks a little rough around the edges on the eBay auctions.

JBoe
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posted 12-11-2014 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called the Goddard gift shop earlier today and there none available as of yet. I was advised to keep checking back as they are on back order with no specified time to be in.

tnperri
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posted 12-11-2014 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked a bunch of online gift shops. No one had them. So far only the guy on eBay, whom I believe is a Winco reseller.

JBoe
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posted 12-31-2014 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my medallion yesterday and not disappointed! I've studied the medallion and found that the black enamel of the eagle insignia (from the patch) doesn't extend completely to the moon on the right. Has anyone else seen or have the same with their medallions?

NeilPearson
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posted 01-10-2015 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NeilPearson   Click Here to Email NeilPearson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now available from The Space Store.

oke
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posted 01-10-2015 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And the 10% off code is space10. Just noticed the email and went to the site to get one, but skipped over the detail that there was an email promo code. Live and learn...

Mike_The_First
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posted 01-11-2015 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is anyone else slightly unnerved by the number of times they say that the metal came from the "Apollo 11 CM, which flew the first astronauts who walked on the moon", but seem to stop short of saying that the metal actually flew to the moon?

In my (albeit short) collecting experience, flown medallions tend to say that they're minted with metal that flew to/landed on the moon on/as part of the [mission] [module].

This one talks about the difficulty of obtaining Apollo 11 flown metal and how they hoped they'd be able to make a medallion with some, but then abruptly switches to saying that they're happy that they can make a medallion with metal from the Apollo 11 CM, and then talks about that CM (not the metal in question) flew to the moon.

In all the places that they discuss this medallion and the metal it contains (the collector's card, the product description, the above press release/announcement) & all the times that they mention the Apollo 11 CM metal that it contains, they refer to it as flown metal only once, in the last sentence of the COA, and they do so in a fairly roundabout way.

Maybe I'm just over-thinking this, but it seems like a fairly glaring omission, with the juxtaposition between the fairly large number of times they say "metal from the actual Apollo 11 Command Module that flew the first astronauts who walked on the moon" and the non-existent number of times that they say that metal in question was on/part of the Apollo 11 CM at the time.

Even the part of the COA that actually certifies its authenticity does so with that language, and doesn't certify its authenticity as flown metal.

It could just be the lawyer in me, but sometimes silence can be deafening. And, in this case, they seem to be pushing that the metal came from the Apollo 11 CM and that the Apollo 11 CM flew the first astronauts who walked on the moon to that destination, but not saying much of anything about whether the metal contained in this medallion was there.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-11-2015 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, you are indeed way over-thinking this.

This is an official NASA medal, authorized by the space agency. The addition of flown metal was overseen by NASA, and it was the agency that had final say on the wording on the medal itself.

OLDIE
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posted 01-11-2015 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, what is it that you don't understand about the statement "Includes metal from the Command Module that flew the first men to the moon"?

Either the metal came from the Command module, or it didn't. Either that Command module flew to the moon, or it didn't. There is the possibility, of course that the metal used was removed from the command module before the flight. Maybe that's what you're thinking. Does it really matter?

Winco
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posted 03-05-2015 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Winco   Click Here to Email Winco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I must confess, it never occured to me that the flown metal in our Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Medallion (and my description) could be called into question. As someone pointed out, maybe the metal was taken from the CM before the mission (if this was the case, then this medallion would truly be deceptive).

Since my mother always told me I should have been an attorney, maybe I made the right decision after all. Apparently, I completely missed the questionable description possibility when I wrote the text with my best intentions and effort. To better define the flown metal, I'd like to take this opportunity to confirm that the Apollo 11 45th Anniversary medallion produced by Winco International was minted with metal that was flown to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. This flown metal came from the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Since this metal was not part of the LM and was never transferred to the LM, it was flown to the moon, but not to the lunar surface. Although I wrote the card's text with my best effort, after it was printed, I then realized there were improvements I wanted to make. The second card run we just received (also the last run of cards) made several text and design improvements. These include adding Columbia, the name of the Apollo 11 CM (Robert Pearlman mentioned this and I should not have missed it). For those who will not remove their medallion from its collectible packaging, you will now need to own both carded versions

As soon as I can speak with Robert Pearlman, I will disclose to him the final limited edition production quantity of this Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Medallion. Hopefully, he will then share this info on collectSPACE.

I sincerely appreciate those who collect Winco's medallions, pins and frame editions. I also significantly appreciate those who have posted such positive comments about Winco. We typically go overboard on our attention to detail and it's good to know our efforts have been well received.

Andy Boston
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Winco International

JBoe
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posted 03-06-2015 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After re-reading the COA, I (in my opinion) think that there was no deception on the part of Andy. I've conversed with him on several occasions regarding other Winco medallions and he's always given me details of medallion specifications, within reason of course.

Andy is there for us medallion collectors and he's always went above and beyond! In fact when I mentioned the error with the 45th Anniversary medallion he replaced it with no questions asked. I believe this is the true commitment by Winco and Andy! He is truly a stand up guy!

tnperri
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posted 03-06-2015 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So how do we get a copy of the new card?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-19-2015 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Winco:
...I will disclose to him the final limited edition production quantity of this Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Medallion.
Andy and I finally tagged up yesterday and so, as he promised...

The Apollo 11 45th anniversary medallion had a mintage of 10,000. As for the differences between backing cards, he said the split was about 50/50; half were packaged with the first version, half with the revised wording.

jutrased
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posted 06-17-2015 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone received or seen the new version of the certificate? It would help to know the exact wording if you are trying to find one of the second version.

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