The Hubbard Medal awarded to James Webb in 1978. The obverse with design of a globe and the words "National Geographic Society 1888," the reverse designed by Laura Gardin Fraser with animals and symbols of exploration around the edge and central inscription to Webb "in recognition of his outstanding achievement in successfully putting six teams of American astronauts on the moon, Washington, D.C., November 9, 1978." Struck in gold by the Medallic Art Company, marked 14 karat, 93 mm diameter, approximately 474 grams. With case.
The Hubbard Medal is awarded by the National Geographic Society for distinction in exploration, discovery, and research, and is named for the first president of the Society, Gardiner Greene Hubbard. Previous recipients include Charles Lindbergh, John Glenn, the Apollo 11 crew, John Young, Robert Crippen, and Frank Borman.