The Series 1957A $1 silver certificate flown on the first U.S. manned
orbital flight — the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission aboard Friendship 7 on
Feb. 20, 1962 — sold for $11,250 during the Nov. 12 Heritage Auctions Space Exploration Signature Auction.
The note had an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
The note bears the autographs of Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. and backup astronaut
M. Scott Carpenter as well as many others, most
of them members of the NASA flight crew for this mission.
According to the catalog description, the note has “at least 30
signatures total” and was “originally given by a member of the flight
crew to the pastor of his church near the cape [Cape Canaveral, Florida].”
The catalog states that “there were apparently 52 pieces of U.S.
currency ($1 and $2) that flew with Glenn on this historic flight.”
The lot includes the note, which is lightly attached by the corners
to a decorative printed certificate that is also signed by Glenn and Carpenter.
For more information about the auction, visit the firm’s website.
More from CoinWorld.com:
States Mint resumes silver American Eagle sales Nov. 17 to satisfy
voracious investor demand
of Kennedy half dollars in two-coin 50th Anniversary set graded
fakes key-date 1886 Liberty Head 5-cent coin without using host coin
than 2,000 19th century silver coins in mud-pot hoard discovered
watchers suggest precious metals yet to reach bottom before
Keep up with all of CoinWorld.com's news and insights by signing
up for our free eNewsletters, liking
us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. We're also on Instagram!