2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £2 Silver Proof
A Two Pound Silver Proof coin to celebrate 250 years since Captain Cook landed on Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus.
Tahiti and the Transit of Venus
This 2019 coin is the second in a three-coin series, celebrating the first voyage of British explorer, Captain James Cook. The 2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £2 Silver Proof marks 250 years since Cook and a team of naturalists reached Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean.
A combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition, the purpose of this voyage was to observe the June 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun. Data collected by Cook and a team of naturalists would be used to determine the distance between earth and the sun.
Gary Breeze's Puzzle Design
The reverse of the 2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £2 Silver Proof is the work of sculptor and designer 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 second coin in the series shows the graphical symbol for Venus over a stylised sun: alluding to Cook's scientific mission. The sails of the HMS Endeavour - the ship Cook commanded on his voyage - feature at the bottom of the design. The legend around reads 'CAPTAIN JAMES COOK' with dates celebrating the 250th anniversary of the transit.
The Most Intrepid Investigator
As with all coins in the Voyage of Discovery series, the 2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £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 II 1769 £2 Silver Proof is Capital Gains Tax exempt.
Like an ordinary £2 coin this 2018 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £2 Silver Proof is two-tone. Both the inner and outer ring are composed of 12.00 grams of .925 Sterling Silver but the outer is plated with fine gold, creating an attractive, high-contrast effect.
A Collectible Commemorative Coin
If you got your hands on the first Silver Proof coin in The Royal Mint's three part Captain Cook collection, you will want to pick up this second piece. Only 4,795 2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £2 Silver Proof coins were issued, making this a highly collectible coin.
The 2019 Captain Cook Voyage of Discovery Coin II 1769 £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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