Auction Date:2012 May 23 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:5 Rt 101A Suite 5, Amherst, New Hampshire, 03031, United States
Rare flown Apollo 12 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 diameter, with a raised design on the face of the Apollo 12 mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the November 14, 1969, launch date, November 19, 1969, moon landing date, and November 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “53” and has been converted into a pin with a silver pin-back added and with a diamond inset into the moon landing site. These medallions were modified in this manner by Alan Bean and his wife. Normal condition.
Accompanied by a 2001 letter of authenticity from Alan Bean’s wife, Sue Ragsdale Bean, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 12 silver Robbins medallion pin, bearing serial number 53, and set with a diamond within the Medallion’s depiction of the moon, originated from my personal space collection. This official Apollo 12 Robbins Medallion ‘Wives-Pin’ is one of only 22 identical examples in which Apollo 12 Medallions were officially converted to jewelry by the Robbins Jewelry Company…The historic emblem of mankind’s second lunar landing has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection.” This piece is additionally special as one of the Apollo 12 Robbins medallions struck using an ingot of silver from a shipwreck off the coast of Florida. Only the first 80 or so Apollo 12 medallions were made from that bar of silver.