2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver Proof
2018 marked 250 years since the start of Captain Cook's Voyage of Discovery: celebrate the anniversary with this two-tone Silver Proof Two Pound Coin.
A Voyage of Discovery
This 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver 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 Silver 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 Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver 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 Sterling Silver 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 Silver Proof is Capital Gains Tax exempt.
Like an ordinary £2 coin this 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver Proof is two-tone. Both the inner and outer ring are composed of 12 grams .925 Sterling Silver but the outer is plated with fine gold, creating an attractive, high-contrast effect.
A Collectible Commemorative Coin
If you have acquired other Silver Proof coins in The Royal Mint's three part Captain Cook collection you will want to get your hands on this piece. Only 4,795 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver Proof coins were issued and they are now coming to the market infrequently.
The 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin I 1768 £2 Silver Proof is the ideal gift for the intrepid explorer in your life. Gold and Cupronickel versions of this design have also been issued but you we're really taken with the gold plate detail, unique to this Silver Proof edition.
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