2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof
Celebrate the beginning of Captain Cook's historic first voyage with this attractive Gold Proof Two Pound Coin, the first in a series of three from The Royal Mint.
A Voyage of Discovery
This 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof coin was minted to mark 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail aboard the HMS Endeavour to begin his first voyage to Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean. This would be one of three major voyages made by Cook.
Cook was commissioned for his 1768 voyage after a distinguished naval career. During the Seven Years War he had displayed a talent for surveying and cartography, using his abilities to map the coast of Newfoundland in the 1760s.
Gary Breeze's Puzzle Design
The reverse of the 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof is the work of designer and sculptor Gary Breeze. His work features on all three coins in The Royal Mint's Captain Cook series. When viewed together, these Two Pound coins form a single image.
Breeze's design for the first coin in the series shows the HMS Endeavour, superimposed over a map of Plymouth Sound. That's where Cook's voyage began in 1768. Below the masted ship is Cook's distinctive looping signature. The legend around reads 'CAPTAIN JAMES COOK' with dates celebrating the 250th anniversary above.
The Most Intrepid Investigator
As with all coins in the Voyage of Discovery series, the 2018 Captain Cook 250th Anniversary Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof coin bears a Latin edge inscription:
'OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS'
Translated this reads 'the most intrepid investigator of the seas'. The same legend was inscribed on a medal struck by the Royal Society in 1784, commemorating Captain Cook's contributions to science.
A 22 Carat Gold Two Pound
Breeze's reverse is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II. The obverse identifies the face value of this coin as Two Pounds. As legal tender the 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof is Capital Gains Tax exempt.
Composed of 22 carat gold with a yellow centre and red-toned outer ring, the 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof is both visually appealing and classed as investment gold. That means the 15.97 grams offered by this coin are VAT free in the UK.
A Collectible Commemorative Coin
If you have acquired other Gold Proof coins in The Royal Mint's three part Captain Cook collection you will want to get your hands on this piece. Only 340 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof coins were issued and they are now coming to the market infrequently.
The 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Gold Proof is the ideal gift for the intrepid explorer in your life. Silver and Cupronickel coins have been issued with this design but you cannot beat Gold Proof if you want to enjoy this work in all its glory.
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