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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 6

NEW BOOK ON ASTRONAUT MEDALS

Howard Weinberger writes: "Katie Jaeger recommended that I contact
you regarding the new release of my second book on the Robbins
Medals struck for the U.S. astronauts that were flown aboard the
manned space missions.  The title is "The Robbins Medallions -
Flown Treasure from the Manned Space Program".

The Robbins Medal tradition began with the first manned Apollo
mission, Apollo 7, in 1968.  Every manned mission since has had
a Robbins Medal struck to honor and commemorate for the astronauts.
One of the astronauts decided on a memento to take with him aboard
the mission.  He hired the Robbins Company in Massachusetts to
strike a small silver medal that depicted the mission emblem on
the obverse.  The reverse would have the mission dates engraved.
Each medal is serial numbered.

These flown treasures numbered anywhere from a 100 to 450 on a
mission and were the private property of the astronauts.  They
were given to family, close friends, and important workers who
helped the program.  They are now among the most coveted of all
flown space artifacts.  NGC has now begun grading and encapsulating
the medals.  The second book covers all medals, populations, which
were flown, mission crews and dates for all medals after Apollo,
including Skylab, ASTP, Shuttles and ISS.

Here is the review site of the first book.
Review

Here is a link to Collectspace.com where the buzz the biggest.
Collectspace.com "

[The new book is priced at $39.95 plus $5 shipping. I knew that
astronauts often took coins and medals aboard missions, but wasn't
aware there was such an organized series of medals.  For ordering
details and more information about the books, email Howard directly
at: assetalt@aol.com. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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