LIMITED EDITION ITEMS
FRANKLIN MINT MEDALS
|Apollo 11 EYEWITNESS MEDAL: Here we have two different versions of the same Franklin Mint Apollo 11 sterling silver eye witness medal. The encased version is the same size as the regular eye witness medals, whereas the second version is about 2/3rds the size with a loop at the top for a chain (not shown).
|Apollo 11 30th ANNIVERSARY MEDAL: This is a Limited edition sterling sliver Franklin Mint medal issued for the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
|Apollo 13 FRANKLIN MINT BRONZE: This is a limited edition Franklin Mint Apollo 13 bronze medal, mintage was 2490. The Silver version of this medal features metal flown around the moon on the Apollo 13 flight! There is also a first edition version struck featuring the crewman Mattingly who didn't make the flight due to illness (mintage unknown).
|Apollo 14 FRANKLIN MINT BRONZE: Mintage of this Franklin Mint Apollo 14 Bronze proof was limited to 1725, a further 500 Bronze Proof like and 6477 Silver were also made.
|Apollo 15 EYEWITNESS MEDAL: Limited edition Franklin Mint Sterling Silver Medal commemorating the Apollo 15 Mission.
|Apollo 15 FRANKLIN MINT BRONZE: Mintage of this Franklin Mint Apollo 15 Bronze proof was limited to 2226 with a further 6485 Silver were also made.
|Apollo 16 FRANKLIN MINT BRONZE: Mintage of this Franklin Mint Apollo 16 Bronze proof was limited to 1104 with a further 3861 Silver were also made.
|Apollo 17 EYEWITNESS MEDAL: Limited edition Franklin Mint Sterling Silver Medal commemorating the Apollo 17 Mission. #22362
|Apollo 17 FRANKLIN MINT BRONZE: Mintage of this Franklin Mint Apollo 17 Bronze proof was limited to 1104 with a further 3861 Silver were also made.
|SKYLAB 1: Franklin Mint limited edition Sterling Silver Eye witness medal commemorating the first crewed Skylab missions.
|SKYLAB 2: Franklin Mint limited edition Sterling Silver Eye witness medal commemorating the second crewed Skylab missions.
|SKYLAB 3: Franklin Mint limited edition Sterling Silver Eye witness medal commemorating the third crewed Skylab missions.
|VIKING EYEWITNESS MEDAL: This is a limited edition Franklin Mint 24karat gold on sterling silver medal commemorating the Viking Missions to Mars.
|STS-1 - This is the limited edition solid bronze and silver Eye witness medal, made by Franklin Mint to commemorate the space shuttle Columbia's maiden flight.
|STS-41B - This is a limited edition solid bronze proof like Eye witness medal, made by Franklin Mint to commemorate the first untethered space walk performed by Capt Bruce McCandless 2nd on the 7-February-1984. STS-41B was the first flight to have the new naming designation after the previous two flights were canceled. It was the 10th shuttle flight and the 4th for Challenger.
|Return to Space Eye witness medal - Franklin Mint commemorated America's return to manned space flights after the Challenger disaster with these limited edition solid sterling silver and bronze eye witness medals. STS-26 was launched 29-September-1988, just under three years since the loss of the Challenger and its crew.
|This is a Franklin Mint limited edition eye witness commemorative medal. It is made of solid sterling silver.
|Franklin Mint also produced this limited edition eye witness commemorative medal for Comet Kohoutek, in 24 karat gold on sterling silver.
|PATHFINDER EYEWITNESS MEDAL: This is another limited edition Franklin Mint sterling silver medal. This time to commemorate the Pathfinder Mars Mission.
|With just 5,290 sets made, this limited edition set of 25 NASA manned space flight emblems from Gemini 5 to Apollo Soyuz rendered in Sterling Silver. Earlier space flight emblems were not officially created by NASA and hence there are no Project Mercury emblems. The obverse features the flight emblem whilst the reverse includes a circle containing mission information.
OTHER RARE AUTHENTICATED MEDALS
|SPUTNIK 1: This early Soviet propaganda table medal commemorates the launch of the first earth satellite, Sputnik on 04-October-1957. The front of the medal reads with inscription 'Glory to the soviet science'. Made of solid bronze, this 55mm medal weighs 137grams.
|LUNA 1: One of the earliest (some say the second) Soviet space table medals made, this 1959 medal was issued by Academy of Science of the USSR commemorating the flight of Luna 1. The front of the medal reads "In the Glory of Great Motherland! January 1959". On the back is depicted the pennant carried on board Luna 1 with the inscription from Tsiolkovskiy "In inauguration of launch of first in the world space rocket". These rare medals were only presented to scientist and designers and were not available for public sale. At 65mm and made from solid bronze, this commemorative bronze medal in typical Soviet style.
|Apollo 8: Australia New Zealand Historical Medal Society Apollo 8 bronze in original pouch. There was only 500 minted of the bronzes and between 5-15 in silver for special presentations to those involved.
|Apollo 11: Australia New Zealand Historical Medal Society Apollo 11 Silver and Bronze. Again they only minted 500 bronzes for collectors and 10 in silver for presentations (both pictured here). It is inscribed "Here men from planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind." Followed by the crew and mission names.
|SKYLAB: The Skylab minicoin is a rather hard to come by item.
|Apollo-Soyuz Dividable medal: This silver medal comes in two parts and commemorates the 1975 Apollo Soyuz mission.
|From the Paul Weitz collection this heavy 60mm diameter, Bronze medal was presented to the Astronaut on a visit to the USSR.
|From the Paul Weitz collection comes this medal presented to the Astronaut at a time when he was visiting the USSR. It is a large 60mm medal and looks to be made of Pewter or some similar metal.
Soviet Museum Medal: Issued by the Association of Museums of Cosmonautics (AMCOS) between 1992 to 1994 for display in Russian Space Museums, this Russian medal (and the two immediately below) were not sold to the general public.
This particular medal features Von Braun and Korolev, the brains behind the American and Soviet space programs.
|Soviet Museum Medal: A second of the three AMCOS medals I have (a fourth medal was also produced but as yet I don't have it), this medal commemorates the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 flight.
|Soviet Museum Medal: My third AMCOS medal commemorates Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon.
VOYAGER: With only 5000 examples minted, this limited edition Planetary Society medal is serialised as number 4429.
It was struck to commemorate Voyager 2's nearest approach of Neptune on 25-August-1989.
|VIKING 1 MACO MEDAL: These two very limited edition Medallic Arts Co (MACO) bronze medals feature a map on their reverse side locating the Mars landing site of the respective Viking missions. Mintage 5000.
|VIKING 2 MACO MEDAL: This is the matching pair to the Viking 1 MACO medal above. Both are in the large heavy bronze style typical of the Medallic Arts Co and both feature the matching serial numbers '042'. Mintage 5000.
|Apollo 7 40 years: America Mint limited edition Apollo 7 40th anniversary silver medals. This one is encased in its original plastic presentation with COA.
|Apollo 10 40 years: Another of the America Mint 40th anniversary series silver medals. This one is for Apollo 10 and is encased in its original plastic presentation with COA.
|Apollo 11 40 years: America Mint issued just 20,000 of these limited edition Apollo 11 40th anniversary silver medals. This one is still encased in its original plastic presentation with COA and cardboard distribution sleeve.
|Apollo 14 40 years: As above, this is another issue from America Mint. Production was limited to just 20,000 of these encased Apollo 14 40th anniversary silver medals.
|Apollo 15 40 years: America Mint released more in its 40th anniversary series, this one being for Apollo 15. As with the others in the series, production was limited to just 20,000 of these encased silver medals.
|Apollo 16 40 years: As with the others from this series pictured above, this is another issue from America Mint. Again production being limited to just 20,000 encased silver medals.
|Apollo 17 40 years: Finally this is the last of the American mint series. Again limited mintage of just 20,000 encased silver medals.
|This set of 13 Balfours medals were originally not available to the public and only given to NASA to present to their employees. They contain medals for selected Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. This is a Pewter set but they are also available in Silver and Gold. Each medal features a unique front and back design, they are distinguishable small, stocky size with heavily raised reliefs, a style perfected by the Balfours company.
PHILATELIC NUMISMATIC COVERS
Two Fleetwood PNCs with sterling silver proof medal with information sheet commemorating Skylab missions.
Limited edition numbers 304 and 535 of 2500.
This is both the Soviet and American versions of the same Fleetwood philatelic numismatic cover both with their respective stamps and cancellations. The medal has a Soviet side and an American side which are both facing on their respective covers and looks very similar to a MACO medal but smaller in size to fit the envelope.
Both are limited editions, 617 of 1500 on the Soviet cover and 48 of 4600 on the Americans one and both contain the same sterling silver proof medal commemorating the Apollo Soyuz joint mission. Not pictured is a second copy of the Apollo Soyuz information booklet as in the Fleetwood presentation below.
|Special commemorative "Partners in Space" philatelic numismatic presentation with limited edition sterling silver proof medal commemorating the Apollo Soyuz joint mission.
|This is a limited edition (32 of 2000) silver proof medal issued to commemorate the Pioneer 10 and Mariner 10 missions. It features both mission stamps and is on a special Fleetwood cachet.
|1977 20 years of Soviet space achievements: Limited edition first day cover presentation set featuring artwork from Alexi Leonov. The presentation folder includes information pages, table of contents and each of the six cover has its own COA.
|1977 20 years of the space age: Limited to 1400, this PNC was distributed in a Fleetwood folder. It features two Soviet stamps, Soviet cancellation and a silver medal of Soviet design with writing in both English and Russian.
|Containing a silver medal this is one of only 500 of these PNCs issued making very rare. It was issued in 1978 for Salyut 6 having hosted crews from four different nations in the Intercosmos programme.
|1979 10th anniversary of moon landing: Featuring a specially minted silver medal, just 425 of these PNCs were issued for the 10th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Some of these were also double cancelled for the 20th anniversary too (like this example). The back of the medal features the Cape Canaveral post mark whilst the front has the Apollo 11 mission emblem.
|1991 30th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 flight. This presentation features both the 30th anniversary Gagarin medal and both the miniature sheet and individual stamp set issued to commemorate this event. Further details of the medal can be found on the Soviet manned flight medals page.
|STS-1 - Here we have three limited edition PNCs in presentation wallets, with either a solid silver, 24k gold plated silver or 10k solid gold medal.
|NASA 25 YEARS: Limited edition fleetwood presentation (number 1239) with a commemorative gold medal and featuring the specially issued $9.35 stamp which was the highest denomination to date (1983).
|These are limited edition Australian mint medal sets in first day covers commemorating Halleys comet. They are canceled at Parks post (Parks observatory South Australia) on 11-April-1986 when the comet was at its closest to Earth. Made from 24 karat gold on bronze medals, production was limited to just 10,000 sets.
|These next items are all Postmasters of America PNCs, they feature specially minted Franklin mint sterling silver medals. This one was issued to commemorate a decade in space and was released in August-1971 at the time of the Apollo-15 mission.
|This PNC was issued by the Postmasters of America and features a Franklin Mint sterling silver proof medal. This one was issued for the Skylab series of missions.
|Pictured here is a Limited edition "Postmasters of America" series PNCs featuring a Frankin mint sterling silver proof medal. This one was issued to commemorate the success of Mariner 10.
|Another "Postmasters of America" PNC to feature its own Frankin mint sterling silver proof medal. This one was issued to commemorate Pioneer 10.
|This is a Postmasters of America philatelic numismatic cover with limited edition sterling silver proof medal in a presentation page.
|Pictured here is another Limited edition "Postmasters of America" PNC issued to commemorate the success of the Viking mission to Mars.
|Paul Weitz: This is a British Virgin Islands cover commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing. This 1999 cover is autographed by Paul Weitz who served on both SL-2, the first manned Skylab mission and STS-6 the maiden flight of the space shuttle Challenger.
|Alan Bean: 2009 Alan Bean autographed first day cover issued in the Isle of Man to celebrate 40 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing was limited to just 750. It features the Isle of Man stamp release. Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and also commander of SL-3 the second manned Skylab mission.
|Al Worden: Another of the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 15's Command Module Pilot, Al Worden. Each of the covers in this series was limited to just 750 autographed covers.
|Charlie Duke: A third from the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 16's Lunar Module Pilot, Charlie Duke.
|Ed Mitchell: Continuing with the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, this is the 2010 cover autographed by the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14, Ed Mitchell.
|Richard Gordon: The last from the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 12's Command Module Pilot, Richard Gordon. Richard Gordon also flew the Gemini 11 mission.
|Titov: Cosmonautics day 1976 Celebrating 15 years since Titov's flight in Vostok 2. This example has been autographed by Titov.
|Leonov and Kubasov: This Soviet Apollo Soyuz cover autographed by the crew of Soyuz 19, Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov. Leonov also was the first man to perform an EVA (space walk) in Voskhod 2, ten years earlier.
This Russian first day cover has been autographed by the crew of the Mir space station. It also features the complete set of four stamps issued for the event and is cancelled at Moscow for the docking 29-June-1995 with the official first day postmark. Hand signed by the crew members who were waiting on board MIR: Anatoly Solovyev, Nikolai Budarin, Vladimir Dezhurov, Gennady Strekalov.
The crew of Orbital Station MIR after docking: Gibson, Precourt, Harbaugh, Baker, Dunbar, Solovyev, Budarin, Thagard, Dezhurov, Strekalov.