Monday, December 07, 2015

Blast From the Past #Shell #ManInFlight #Nostalgia

Recently I purchased (for €4 via eBay - P&P cost more!) the full set of "Man in Flight" coins which were first issued by Shell in 1969. If I remember correctly, my Dad got these every time he filled up the car and I collected these as a 10 year old boy. Sadly, my copies of the coins are long since lost. This collection was a dream for every aspiring astronaut in the year (1969) that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The collection commemorates the likes of Icarus & Daedalus, Leonardo da Vinci, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Yuri Gargarin, and of course the Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins. The coins are very light - they are made of aluminium. The set I bought is not in great condition and has little value other than jogging the memory of a middle aged coin collector. 

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