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Apollo 8 Commemorative Coin


One commemorative coin from apollo 8 Recovery mounted on cardboard stamped with manned spacecraft recovery force atlantic

Title: Apollo VIII Commemorative Medallion
Accession #: NHHC 1988-62-V
Circa: 1969
Size: 2.5”
Medium: Metal
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command 

One struck medallion commemorating the recovery of Apollo 8 by the USS Yorktown (CVS-10). The obverse has profiles of the crew. Below the profiles reads, “Apollo 8”. The inscription on the outer ring reads, “BORMAN LOVELL ANDERS DECEMBER 21-27, 1968”. The outer ring on the reverse reads, “FIRST LUNAR APOLLO FLIGHT”. The inscription in the center reads, “IN APPRECIATION FOR YOUR CONRIBUTION TO THE APOLLO SATURN PROJECT. THE APOLLO 8 CREW CARRIED METAL IN THIS MEDALLION ON MAN'S FIRST FLIGHT TO THE MOON.”

The coin is set into cardboard. A black ink seal on the cardboard around the medallion reads, “MANNED SPACECRAFT RECOVERY FORCE, ATLANTIC TF-140”. Below the seal reads, “RECOVERY CONTROL CENTER, ATLANTIC”.


cardboard stamped card with reverse of coin visible from apollo 8 recovery

Published: Wed Apr 29 14:23:43 EDT 2020