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bthumble
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posted 10-24-2016 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody have information regarding the NASA Launch Services Program coins? I have a couple of them and would like to know more about them.

JBoe
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posted 10-24-2016 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd also like to have any additional information as well if anyone has details it would be great!

BMacKinnon
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From: Waterford, MI. USA
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posted 12-03-2016 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I now have ten of the Launch Services Medallions/Coins for ten different launches.

From 2007, The AIM Spacecraft Launch. From 2008, The GLAST Spacecraft Launch. From 2009, The Kepler Spacecraft Launch, The WISE Spacecraft Launch and the NOAA-N Prime Spacecraft Launch. From 2011, The Aquarius/SAC-D Spacecraft Launch, The GRAIL Spacecraft Launch, the NPP Spacecraft Launch and the Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Launch.

I have one more enroute from 2012, the launch of the NuSTAR satellite.

I wonder how many more NASA Launch Services coins there are out there. Any more information would be helpful or if other cS users list what coins they have we can come up with our own initial list!

Jim Behling
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posted 12-04-2016 06:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Challenge coin would be the more appropriate term for them.

They were made for LSP missions from STEREO to NUSTAR, 21 in all. There was a bronze coin made for RBSP. Additionally, there is a 50th mission LSP coin.

A change/clarification in NASA's policy in using appropriated funds for employee swag/awards was the reason for discontinuation. Patches are still allowed. The USAF makes challenge coins for its missions but they are done by officially chartered groups (squadron party funds) or individuals and they charge a fee for them.

I will provide photos at a later date.

Here is a list of missions:

  1. STEREO
  2. THEMIS
  3. AIM
  4. Phoenix
  5. Dawn
  6. GLAST
  7. OSTM/Jason-2
  8. IBEX
  9. NOAA-N PRIME
  10. OCO
  11. Kepler
  12. STSS-ATRR
  13. LRO/LCROSS
  14. WISE
  15. SDO
  16. Aquarius/SAC-D
  17. Juno
  18. GRAIL
  19. NPP
  20. MSL
  21. NuSTAR
They are occasionally available on eBay.

BMacKinnon
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posted 12-04-2016 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim, thanks for the clarification and the list!

Jim Behling
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posted 12-05-2016 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A simple search on eBay for "lsp coin" brought up four results with eight coins. A search for "coin" under Collectibles: Historical Memorabilia: Astronauts & Space Travel revealed six more among the 900 results.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 12-05-2016 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Jim has got all of the NASA/LSP-produced "challenge" coins or medallions,
however, LSP also issued a few pennant medallions (i.e. Expendable Launch Vehicles), in addition to a set of nine colorful planet awareness coins and other LSP issues.

The LSP budget was quite extensive early on with a variety of different souvenir and awareness productions, including much literature, lithos, glossies, and posters.

Besides the coins and medallions, just to name a few, there are project patches and decal stickers, of course, but also LSP pins, key chains, lighted-up pinbacks,
waterless tattoo issues, magnet decals, a cool mini viewer assembly and even a light-up yo-yo for the kids (and perhaps even for some adults like myself)!

Perhaps, though, unknown to lots of folks in the community of space collectors was a series of launch day cachet postal covers and insert cards by NASA/LSP from 2003-5.

denali414
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posted 11-02-2017 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have information about a silver, instead of colorized LSP medallion from the "Aura" launch?

Coin reverse looks the same as the design for newer LSP coins, except in silver with inscription "(2004) Aura spacecraft will be launched on a Delta III from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California."

Is there a whole series of older silver LSP coins? Or is this a one-off? Thanks for any information.

JBoe
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posted 11-02-2017 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the silver coins are made from aluminum, likely not flown metal. Looks like there's a bronze and aluminum series of the LSP medals. Something to do more research into.

Jim Behling
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posted 11-02-2017 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no series. Just one offs.

denali414
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posted 11-02-2017 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! Had a feeling that may be the case, much appreciated.
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Originally posted by JBoe:
I think the silver coins are made from aluminum...
Yeah, meant silver colored. I figured aluminum and guess more spreadsheets.

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