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denali414
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posted 01-20-2018 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the first heard about China's Moon Festival bi-metal flown medallion. The Goldberg auction listing states:
1 Kilo Silver. Mintage of 2000 pieces. This piece was issued in commemoration of the Chinese Moon Festival and includes gold recovered from a NASA vehicle that spent five years in orbit around the Earth.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-21-2018 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to other listings for the same medal, the gold for this medallion is from this lot released by NASA through GSA, originally from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF).

denali414
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posted 01-21-2018 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that's very interesting and a pretty smart way to make a numismatic space coin from the recovered gold. Amazed at all the micrometeor hits on that gold piece. Surprised the U.S. Mint hasn't tried a numismatic coin like this — maybe do it for the 50th anniversary coins next year.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-21-2018 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U.S. Mint is limited to striking what the U.S. Congress legislates. In 2005, there was a failed attempt at passing a bill calling for the U.S. Mint to honor NASA's 50th anniversary (in 2008) with coins minted with flown metal.

The bill failed to become law, even after the provision for flown metal was removed.

denali414
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posted 01-21-2018 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the article! Had not realized back then it had gone that far into detail on a 50th anniversary coin. Some really good ideas in that bill including the $1 million to help the astronaut family fund. But, like most good ideas, probably why it ultimately failed.

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