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Medal - 200th Anniversary of the Death of Captain Cook, Numismatic Association of Victoria, Australia, 1979 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34535

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
200th Anniversary of the Death of Captain Cook 1979 (AD)
Mint: Stokes Australasia
Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV)
Other Details: Medal issued by the Numismatic Association of Victoria in 1979 to mark the 200th Anniversary of the death of Captain James Cook. Terry Pepperell and Betty Turvey, designers of the medal, were members of the Association. Only 200 medals were made, all in bronze. On the third voyage of his voyages of discovery Cook, now post-captain, went to explore the Pacific coasts of North America and Siberia. In 1779, at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii, he was involved in a skirmish with the local community during which a chief was killed. Cook shot a man and was himself then killed. The cottage on the medal was brought to Melbourne from Whitby, England, as part of the Melbourne Centenary celebrations in 1935.
Medal features what was said to be Captain Cook's Cottage, brought to Melbourne as part of centennial celebrations in 1934-5. The cottage actually had dubious connections to Cook - he may not even have ever been there, but it belonged to members of his family.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Height), 50 mm (Width)
Weight: 60.99 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: captain cook s cottage
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Captain James Cook, Navigator & Explorer (1728-1779)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian exploration
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1979 AD
Obverse Description: Captain Cook's Cottage; above at left, NUMISMATIC / ASSOCIATION / OF VICTORIA / 1979; below on plaque, CAPTAIN COOK'S COTTAGE / FITZROY GARDENS MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Bust of Cook left in oval set above anchor; Cook's autograph at left; below, OBIT OWHYHEE 14TH FEBy. 1779, scene of Hawaiian canoes chasing away two sailing ships
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Captain Cook's Cottage; above at left, NUMISMATIC / ASSOCIATION / OF VICTORIA / 1979; below on plaque, CAPTAIN COOK'S COTTAGE / FITZROY GARDENS MELBOURNE (obverse)
Bust of Cook left in oval set above anchor; Cook's autograph at left; below, OBIT OWHYHEE 14TH FEBy. 1779, scene of Hawaiian canoes chasing away two sailing ships(reverse)
Shape: Rectangle
Material: Bronze
Place Depicted: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issued By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Australasia) Pty. Ltd.
Artist: Terry Pepperell - The Calligraphy Centre
Artist: Betty Turvey
Commissioned By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979
Person Depicted: Captain James Cook
References: Car. 1979/9

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