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mensax
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posted 03-07-2005 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Medallion Contains Material From Apollo VIII - Apollo XI - Skylab - Apollo-Soyuz And From An Early Rocket Built And Flown By Robert H. Goddard

I suppose everyone has seen this item on eBay. I've never seen this one before. With a minting of only 600 I suppose you are actually getting some of each of these missions (unlike the Apollo 11 ones).

Quite a combination of flights in one of these! Any opinions?

oke
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posted 03-07-2005 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Through some research and asking the seller, I found out he was a VP for the National Space Club (NSC) in the mid-'70's and was in the position to acquire these medallions.

I asked him if the medallions contained any of the metal from the Apollo VIII, Apollo XI, Skylab, or Apollo Soyuz MFA medallions, but he didn't say (aside: he also said that the Skylab medallion that he had up for auction, which the NSC commissioned for 1,000 attendees looks like the MFA medallion, but he's pretty sure the NSC mintage is separate than the MFA one).

For the first auction, I thought I had bid high enough to beat anyone else's more reasonable bids, but I wasn't the only one to think that way.

I then was offered a second-chance, and after a lot of pondering, I decided to take it. Anyway, I thought the medallion was at least well-made (with shiny AND frosted surfaces), and I figure that the NSC had the resources/contacts to create a medallion with some 'flown' material.

TRS
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posted 03-07-2005 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Without doing any background checking (so this is only my wondering) could this have been minted by simply using MFA medallions plus a source for the Goddard Rocket Material? The combination of flights coinciding with the MFA issues is the thing that made me wonder.

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