FLOWN APOLLO 15 ROBBINS MEDALLION SET IN A MULTI-DIAMOND PENDANT.
ONE OF ONLY 127 CARRIED ON THE MISSION. FLOWN Apollo 15 Robbins medallion made from sterling silver, 1¼ inches in diameter. The crew mission emblem is on the obverse with the mission dates on the reverse. Set within a pendant ornament marked 14k, which has 26 bead set diamonds weighing approximately 1.43 carat. Overall diameter is 1⅞ inches. With a Typed Letter Signed by MRS. JAMES B. IRWIN and a copy of a jewelry appraisal written in 1980.
MRS. IRWIN'S signed provenance letter reads in part: "The medallion set within the diamond pendant ornament was carried to the Moon during July 26 to August 7, 1971 on Apollo 15, which was the fourth manned lunar landing mission. The flight employed the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon's surface. It was the first flight to make three separate surface explorations by my late husband Astronaut James Irwin and mission commander David Scott.
There were only a total of 127 silver medallions carried on the flight. Due to a spelling error of the landing site name, 177 of the 304 medallions originally struck were returned to the Robbins Company to correct the error. Because of the length of this process, they could not be corrected prior to the Apollo 15 launch date and were not flown. The 127 medallions that were flown with the error contain the initials of the Apollo 15 mission emblem designer, Italian Emilio Pucci. His initials are just above the "R" in Worden's name.
This medallion has been in our private collection since 1971 and was set within the ornament that same year. The Apollo 15 mission emblem is on the front with the mission launch, lunar landing, and return dates engraved on the back. It is one of the Robbins series of flown Apollo medallions."
The jewelry appraisal done on March 12, 1980 values this Robbins medallion with diamond surround at $4,350.00.