See Space-flown Armstrong Items at the World's Fair of Money

The exhibit at the NGC booth includes Apollo 11 Robins Medals, which were struck for the astronauts and taken with them on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Collectibles Authentication Guaranty™ (CAG™) will present selections from the Armstrong Family Collection at the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money, which is being held Aug. 14-18 in Philadelphia.

CAG is an independent affiliate of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Paper Money Guaranty (PMG), which are well-known and respected within the numismatic community for their expert coin and paper money certification services, respectively.

The incredible Armstrong Family Collection includes thousands of historic artifacts saved by astronaut Neil Armstrong and his immediate family. CAG will showcase over a dozen of the most significant artifacts from this collection, including several that were on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, in which Armstrong famously made the "giant leap for mankind." See these artifacts on display at NGC Booth #1417 through the afternoon of Friday, August 17.

The artifacts include:

Flown on Apollo 11

Apollo 11-Flown Gold Robbins Medal, graded NGC MS 67 and certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection. Click images to enlarge.

Apollo 11-Flown Robbins Medal, graded NGC MS 67 and certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection. Click images to enlarge.

A Gold Robbins Medal and a Silver Robbins Medal flown on the Apollo 11 mission. Robbins Medals were struck for the Apollo astronauts to carry on their missions; only one was struck in gold for each of the Apollo 11 astronauts, while many others were struck in silver.

Apollo 11-Flown Wright Flyer Propeller and Wing Pieces, certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection. Click images to enlarge.

A wing piece and a propeller piece from the Wright Flyer, the plane that made the first powered flight in 1903 at Kitty Hawk North Carolina. Under a special arrangement, Armstrong was allowed to retain pieces of the Wright Flyer.

Apollo 11-Flown American Flag, from the Armstrong Family Collection and certified by CAG.
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An American flag, one of a number of flags that Armstrong took with him on the mission. Most of these were postcard-sized, but this one is relatively large: 11.75 x 18 inches.

Apollo 11-Flown Beta Cloth, certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection
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A piece of Beta cloth, a fireproof material, with the Apollo 11 insignia.

Other Items

Gemini 8-Flown Gilt/Sterling Fliteline Medal, graded NGC MS 63 and certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection. Click images to enlarge.

Two Fliteline Medals flown on Gemini 8. The mission in 1966 was Armstong's only other trip into to space. The Fliteline Medals were the predecessors to the Robbins Medals.

Apollo 11 Insurance Cover (Type Three), certified by CAG as part of the Armstrong Family Collection
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An "insurance cover" from Apollo 11. These postal collectibles were signed by Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmates, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The astronauts signed hundreds of these and left them for their families to sell in case they did not return from the mission.

NASA Photograph of Neil Armstrong, from the Armstrong Family Collection and certified by CAG.
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A NASA photograph showing Neil Armstrong. In it, Armstrong poses in his spacesuit, holding his helmet, with a lunar background. This image was used for the Newsweek magazine cover celebrating the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.

NASA Photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, from the Armstrong Family Collection and certified by CAG.
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A NASA photograph showing Aldrin descending the lunar lander ladder. The image was taken by Armstrong, just a few minutes after he became the first person to step onto the lunar surface.

NASA Photograph of President Nixon and the Apollo 11 Crew in Quarantine, from the Armstrong Family Collection and certified by CAG.
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A NASA photograph showing President Nixon and the astronauts, dated July 24, 1969. That was the day the Apollo 11 mission ended with the astronauts' splashdown and recovery aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Nixon was on board the ship to greet the astronauts, who had to spend several weeks in quarantine.

Western Union Telegram from President Richard Nixon to Neil Armstrong, September 5, 1969, certified by CAG.
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A telegram sent by Nixon in connection to celebration of Armstrong by his hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio. It reads, in part: "All Americans, all free men everywhere, join in proud recognition of your accomplishments as a member of that Apollo 11 mission."

Apollo 11 Crew Patch, certified by CAG.
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An Apollo 11 Crew Patch. Numismatists can compare the insignia on the Gold Robbins Medals with the Apollo 11 Crew Patch. On the Robbins Medals, the eagle's talons are open, reflecting Apollo 11 astronaut Collins' original concept, which was eventually deemed to be too warlike. The crew patch shows the official Apollo 11 insignia, with eagle's talons grasping an olive branch. This design was ultimately adopted for reverse of the Eisenhower dollar in 1971, and was continued with the Susan B. Anthony Dollar in 1979.

CAG works directly with collectors, estates, artists and museums to preserve the authenticity and provenance of artifacts, memorabilia and estate items at the source. The Armstrong Family Collection, the first collection to be certified by CAG, represents one of the most historic and important collections of memorabilia of the last 50 years. The first of the items to be offered for auction will be part of a Heritage Auctions sale in November, the first of several by Heritage.

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