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Medal - Captain James Cook Bicentenary, State Savings Bank of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1970 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33158

Summary:
Australia Victoria
State Savings Bank
Captain James Cook Bi-Centenary, 1970 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: This is one of more than 40 different commemorative medal issues inspired by the 1970 bicentenary of Captain James Cook's arrival in Australia. This gilded bronze medal, commissioned by the State Savings Bank of Victoria, was the first released to mark the bicentenary. 50 gold medallions were initially struck, as well as 5,000 silver and 100,000 bronze; the Bank reserved the right the strike an additional 5,000 silver and 100,000 bronze. The gold and silver medals featured Cook's ship, the 'Endeavour', on the reverse; the bronze medal, such as this example, had a cannon pictured as well. The bust of Cook is based on a plaque by Josiah Wedgewood. The plaster model for the medal was prepared by sculptor Stanley Hamond. The dies were hand-cut by Stokes' senior die-sinker, Keith Gray. The Bank mounted a display in its foyer to further commemorate the bicentenary, exploring the life and times of Captain Cook, and including charts and eighteenth century maritime equipment. A three-foot model of the 'Endeavour' and Richard Linton's painting of the 'Endeavour' were featured.
Description:
A medal in gilded bronze struck by the SSB featuring:
Bust of James Cook facing right, around above, . 1770 . AUSTRALIA . 1970 .
around below, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK BICENTENARY
Mint name, STOKES, in small letters under bust The Endeavour under full sail to front right, below, H.M. BARK ENDEAVOUR; around above, THE STATE SAVINGS BANK OF VICTORIA; in exergue a small cannon, with stack of cannon-balls keg of powder etc.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Sharples - Museum Victoria, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 18.36 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: australian bicentenary 1788-1988, australian exploration, celebrations, how is the pris, silver in case, james cook
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Captain James Cook, Navigator & Explorer (1728-1779), The State Savings Bank of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian exploration
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1970 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of James Cook facing right, around above, . 1770 . AUSTRALIA . 1970 .
around below, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK BICENTENARY
Mint name, STOKES, in small letters under bust
Reverse Description: The Endeavour under full sail to front right, below, H.M. BARK ENDEAVOUR; around above, THE STATE SAVINGS BANK OF VICTORIA; in exergue a small cannon, with stack of cannon-balls keg of powder etc.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (obverse) Bust of James Cook facing right, around above, . 1770 . AUSTRALIA . 1970 .
around below, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK BICENTENARY
Mint name, STOKES, in small letters under bust
(reverse)The Endeavour under full sail to front right, below, H.M. BARK ENDEAVOUR; around above, THE STATE SAVINGS BANK OF VICTORIA; in exergue a small cannon, with stack of cannon-balls keg of powder etc.
Shape: round
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: The State Savings Bank of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Artist: Stanley Hammond
Maker: Keith Gray - Stokes (Mint)
Commissioned By: State Savings Bank of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1970

150,000 struck.
Person Depicted: Captain James Cook
References: Car. 1970/23
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] 1969. State Savings Bank of Victoria: First in Cook Celebrations. Australian Coin Review. (December): 3-4.

Comments

Lisa Posted on 21 Mar 2010 11:50 AM
I have one of the 1970 bi-centenary medals. What if any value is it?
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Mar 2010 11:52 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Lisa, Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. Please see our Question of the Week information on obtaining valuations of coins and medals. http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/coin-valuations/
Mr Glenn Gray Posted on 21 Jun 2010 6:09 PM
My father cut the dies for this medal and was tickled pink to find his name mentioned on the internet, he is eighty now and going strong.

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