Apollo 7 Flown MS63 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 196, Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Jack Lousma, with Handwritten and Signed Letter of Certification. This 32mm x 24mm sterling silver medal was one of only 255 flown aboard Apollo 7, the first manned mission in the Apollo program, October 11-22, 1968, with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham. It was an eleven-day Earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and the first three-man American space launch. The obverse of the medal features the mission insignia depicting a command service module, engine firing with the trail from that fire encircling a globe and extending out, symbolizing the Earth-orbital nature of the mission. The Roman numeral "VII" appears in the South Pacific Ocean and the crew's names appears on a wide arc at the bottom. The reverse has the date of the launch, the serial number, and the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. A Select Uncirculated example.
Included with this lot is a 2011-dated handwritten and signed Letter of Certification from Lousma on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that silver Apollo 7 Robbins Medal, Serial Number 196, was flown aboard the mission October 11-22, 1968. This medal is from my personal collection and has been in my possession since the mission."