Apollo 17 Unflown MS67 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut John Young, Serial Number 294, with Signed LOA.
This 35mm sterling silver medal, though not flown, was one of 300 minted to commemorate the sixth and final lunar landing of the NASA program. Only eighty were actually flown aboard Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, with crewmembers Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt (see preceding lot). The obverse features the mission insignia depicting the head of the Greek god Apollo, a U.S. flag and eagle, the moon, and the surnames of crewmembers. The mission dates are engraved on the reverse with the phrase "The Beginning". The serial number and sterling and Robbins hallmarks are on the rim. A wonderful Superb Gem Uncirculated example.
Included with this lot is a letter of authenticity signed "John W. Young" on his personal letterhead, dated June 16, 2009, stating: "I hereby certify that Apollo 17 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 294, although unflown, is an original Robbins medal and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission."